We received no poster submissions at all, despite advertising this contest here on our website and at our district kiosks. It is unclear at this time if we will venture to try another such contest in the future, when our residents may be more interested (and less pre-occupied with getting on with life after the long, snowy winter we had this past year). For now, the KA500 All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio that was donated for the Spring 2017 Kiosk Poster Contest prize has been re-homed elsewhere.
The original information about the Spring 2017 Kiosk Poster Contest follows below.
We would like to encourage new ideas for posters for our district’s
south kiosk by inviting our Hilt, Colestin or Mt. Ashland fire district
community residents and/or property owners to contribute their own
The winning poster will be displayed during the year ahead
in the time period most suited to its theme, along with an author-credit
notice in the kiosk case. (Posters are up for display for two months
The person who submits the winning poster will also receive
a KA500 All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio (see below).
By holding this contest, we hope to include the talents and artistry
of people in our district who may not have participated in the district
in other ways, as well as including those who have and do.
And hopefully, we will also get a number of posters that, with their
authors’ permission, we’ll be able to use at future points
when their themes are most relevant, increasing the diversity of our
postings at the kiosk.
The start date for accepting poster entries for this contest
is March 1st, 2017. The contest will be open for approximately 90
days; the closing date for accepting entries will be May 31st. No
entries will be accepted after May 31st.
Participants must be Hilt, Colestin or Mt. Ashland
fire district community residents and/or property owners. (If your
full-time address is in Nova Scotia, you do not own property here
and are visiting a friend for only 3 weeks, your entries will not
be eligible to be considered.)
Poster content should be a combination of an image
and a corresponding slogan, and may contain a limited amount of additional
information. (Remember, posters on the south kiosk are primarily intended
to be readable by drivers as they pass by the kiosk.)
The poster theme can be anything from fire prevention,
fire season preparation, creating defensible space, wildfire safety,
home fire safety, general or seasonal emergency preparedness, and
any other fire safety educational theme relevant to our fire district’s
Please note: We are a public agency:
poster content must be acceptable for a general audience: no expletives,
non-discriminatory, non-political, etc. We reserve the right to reject
any entries that do not respect this standard.
Copyright issues: Poster entries must be fully original
OR have permission(s) from any sources of borrowed slogans and/or
/images unless they are free to use in the public domain. For instance,
if a poster includes fire safety information from Firebreak News,
that use of that information should be permissible for fire safety
educational purposes by its source, Firebreak News. (When in doubt,
query the source and ask.) A reference to the source of the information
at the bottom of the poster in at least 12-point size print may be
required, and is always a good idea. Original entries (not requiring
other content copyright acknowledgement) may be signed by the author.
Images should be set up for printing on a canvas
or document with dimensions of 22 inches minimum to 24 inches maximum
width by 30 inches minimum to 36 inches maximum height. Images should
be finalized (flattened) and ready to print in high resolution (300
pixels per inch resolution minimum or an average total pixel dimension
size of about 25 to 30 MB minimum in an image program).
Poster entries should be emailed to us as JPG images here through
our website c/o the webmaster.
Please note, the (usually compressed)
email file size should be under 10 MB. (If for any reason your
attached files do not go through, email the webmaster with that information
and you will be provided an alternate email to send to us through.)
There is no limit to the number of poster submissions from each person
that will be accepted. However, please do not send many huge files
to us all at once (!). If you have more than a few to send, please
stagger the send times so we have time to manage receiving the files
and avoid system crashes.
All poster entries will be held securely until the May 31st end date.
Our five-member Board of Directors will decide upon the winning
poster at its Board meeting in June. (Poster entry images
will be provided to them without the names of contestants, to prevent
any possible bias in deciding the winner.)
The person who submits the winning poster will also receive
a KA500 All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio (details below). This
is a new-in-the-box Kaito Voyager Solar & Crank Weather
Alert MultiBand Radio with cell phone/Iphone & MP3/Ipod charger,
USB port, LED flashlight, SOS emergency light, and much more. (Does
not include an AC adaptor or 3 ‘AA’ batteries.) The winner
will be contacted to arrange prize receipt.
According to FEMA’s website, “Organized
by FEMA, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
is the Nation’s alert and warning infrastructure. It provides
an effective way to alert and warn the public about emergencies using
the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA),
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, and other public alerting systems
from a single interface.”
“The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or NWR,
is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting forecasts,
warnings, and emergency information 24 hours a day. It is a comprehensive
weather and emergency information service available to the public.
All-hazards messages include weather events, technological incidents
like chemical spills, AMBER alerts, and national emergencies. NWR
also broadcasts EAS notices.”
“A special weather radio receiver is required to
receive NWR broadcasts. You can buy these receivers at
many retail outlets such as electronics stores, department stores,
big box stores, or online. Be sure to look for the Public Alert
or NWR logo to ensure the radio meets technical requirements. Models
identified as SAME, or Specific Area Message Encoding, receivers
allow users to select alerts for specific geographic areas."
"For information on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards,
Learn more about receiving Alerts and Warnings by visiting
FEMA online at: