PORTLAND — The American Red Cross is challenging Oregon elementary students to create posters showing off their best ideas for earthquake preparedness.

The first Earthquake Preparedness Poster Contest — “Don't be a Square! Draw and Prepare” — is sponsored by the Oregon Red Cross and Oregon Public Health Emergency Preparedness. The sponsors will choose one student winner in each grade statewide. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate. Winning students’ classrooms also will receive a $200 contribution for supplies and preparedness items. Contest entries will be accepted through March 18.

State geologists say an earthquake is likely in Western Oregon. Red Cross officials say everyone should know how to prepare.

Posters should be original artwork and no larger than 11 by 17 inches. Entries should be labeled with the student’s name, age, grade, school, teacher’s name, school address, contact phone number for school, and contact e-mail for the teacher.

Posters should be mailed by March 18 to Candy Cates, Oregon Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program, Portland State Office Building, 800 N.E. Oregon, Suite 465, Portland, OR 97232.

Winners will be announced April 4-8. Winning posters will be on display in April at the Oregon Red Cross and at the Portland State Office Building in Portland.

—Dean Brickey

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