It's Hazardous Weather Awareness Week in Florida

The Red Cross is holding its fifth annual Hazardous Weather Awareness Poster Contest.

Almost $7,000 in prizes will go to the top entries from fourth and fifth graders across the state.

The contest is part of Hazardous Weather Awareness Week, which begins next Monday.

Chris Floyd with the Capital Area Red Cross says, "All this here in Florida is very good for our young people to understand the hazards that they face, then take that learning message, that learning opportunity home to mom and dad and develop that disaster plan at home."

No stranger to severe weather, Florida is at risk for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires. Emergency officials plan to hold a statewide severe weather drill next week.