Preparedness Fair

  • Mark your Calendars!

    The 2019 Preparedness Fair is scheduled for September 28, 2019

What is a Preparedness Fair?

A Preparedness Fair is a wonderful resource for those that want to be better prepared and live more self-reliantly. It will have two dozen or so booths manned by someone prepared to answer your questions and give you resources on a particular subject. The booths are designed to help you get an introduction to a wide variety of topics.

In the past, our booths have included topics such as:

  • Generators–learn how to choose and safely use a generator.
  • Knitting and fiber arts–learn the basics of knitting, spinning and making your own cold-weather clothing.
  • Disaster technology–do you know what to do in an emergency? There’s an app for that. In fact, there are a lot of apps to help with emergencies
  • Improve your income–be ready when the economy goes sour. Find out how you can improve your income and have better job security.
  • Preparedness for the elderly and special needs–learn how to care for your elderly parents or other handicapped adults during an emergency.
  • Ham radios–Ham radios are a vital part of emergency communication. The Red River Radio Amateurs will have handheld radios to demonstrate local amateur communication as well as a demonstration of the emergency equipment in the Radio Trailer (which will be set up in the parking lot outside.)
  • Getting your food storage–Are you working on a 3-month supply of food? Or looking for a larger, one-year supply? Don’t know where to begin? Our expert will help you get started.
  • First aid–learn about the basics of first aid.
  • Choosing a dehydrator–Confused about which model to buy? This demo will show you many of the different types of dehydrators and choose the one that’s best for you.
  • Community Preparedness–You and your family may be prepared for a disaster, but is your community prepared? Are your neighbors? Find out how you can help your friends and neighbors survive a disaster.
  • Home maintenance–Learn from the pros how to keep your home in good repair so that you don’t need to call in the pros.
  • Wardrobe on a budget–Learn how to keep your clothing in good repair and have a nice wardrobe without a lot of money.
  • Being prepared with essential oils–Find out how make essential oils a part of your preparedness plan. You can get an Essential Oils First Aid Kit at wholesale cost if you pre-order. Email rmb.powell at gmail dot com for more information.
  • 72-hour Emergency Kits–Learn why and how to have a 72-hour emergency kit.
  • Solar generators–Having a solar generator is the ultimate way to be prepared for a power outage. Presented by Mark Cunningham, whose solar generator has been used to help people in his area in the aftermath of several severe storms.
  • Water storage–Learn the why and how of storing water for emergencies.
  • Continuing your education–This is going to be a very informative booth. There are  many paths to continuing your education and ensuring better employment. Rob Neuteboom is the Academic Dean for Rasmussen College in Fargo-Moorhead.  He will talk to you about credit based education (Rasmussen College, Thomas Edison), credit by assessment, MOOCS (Georgia Tech, U of Illinois, FutureLearn – Deakin University Programs), PathwayConnect (BYU), and accelerated programs (Southern New Hampshire University).
  • Wonder Box–If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know how much I like the Wonder Box. Come see one in use and get a pattern for making your own.
  • Square Foot Gardening–You’ve heard all about SFG, now find out why it’s the best and easiest way to grow food for your family.
  • Technology and Preparedness–Not sure what the first thing to do is after a tornado? Want to keep track of your food storage? There’s an app for that. Visit our technology table to see all the cool apps and computer programs that will help you be better prepared.
  • Be prepared with Essential Oils–You’ll want to be sure to stop by the essential oil booth! Here you will learn about the importance of safe and natural essential oils for everyday use and use in crisis. We are offering preparedness key chains with eight different oils to meet your emergency needs. Key chains are $15.50 each.

And Classes

Booths give you an introduction to a wide array of topics. Classes give you more in-depth instruction. Many classes includes hands-on training.

Here are some of the classes we’ve held in the past:

  • Solar Cooking–Think solar cooking is only for those that live in Arizona? Think again. Luther Krueger, Minneapolis policeman by day and solar-cooking chef extraordinaire by night, has been successfully cooking up here in the northern plains for years and he will be sharing his expertise with us.
  • Intro to canning–Marie Risdal has been canning for years and sells her products at farmers markets around the region. Her hands-on class will help you learn the basics of canning and give you the confidence to start canning your own produce.
  • Business ownership: the ultimate in self-reliance–Did you ever think about being an entrepreneur?  In this class taught by Marty Riske you’ll  learn how to start your own successful business and protect yourself and your family from an uncertain or volatile job market.You won’t find a better teacher on this topic than Marty. His has owned several successful businesses, some of which will be familiar to residents of the FM area: MJ Capelli, VidCycle and Gadget Garage, just to name a few. He also has served on the boards of HERO, an organization that distributes health-care supplies to those in need and First Link, which seeks to prevent suicide by helping those in crisis find safe resolutions to their problems.
  • Family Disaster Plan–From hurricanes to fires, to tornadoes in Texas, Carol Cunningham has worked with emergency shelters on military bases for over 16 years. Carol and her husband Mark live in Bemidji, MN where they have been teaching area residents how to be prepared for disaster. When you attend this class, you will leave with a complete disaster plan, personalized and tailored to the particular needs of you and your family.
  • Community Preparedness–You might be ready for a disaster but is your neighbor, congregation, or community? Building the disaster readiness of your entire neighborhood/community increases individual preparedness to another level. This class will focus on understanding how you can help your neighbors prepare and how you can prepare to help your community members survive and then recover from disaster.
  • Improve your income–Learn from professional life coach and corporate professional development trainer, Martha Olson, how you can improve your income and have better job security.
  • CERT Training–A one-hour introduction to CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training. The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
  • Preparedness for those with special needs–Having a special needs adult in your life–elderly parents or disabled adults–adds a whole new level of complexity to preparedness. Beth is a preparedness expert from Freedom Resource who will teach you how to ensure you and your loved ones are safe during an emergency.

And that’s not all.

We’ll have videos, tasting tables (where you can sample food made with food storage basics), a cooking contest, make-and-take projects, door prizes and more…

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What will you see at the 2019 Preparedness Fair?

We are just beginning the planning for the 2019 Preparedness Fair. It is sure to have more: more classes, more booths, more to learn, more to share

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