Preparedness Fair

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The 2021 Preparedness Fair is scheduled for September 11, 2021. Mark your calendar today and plan to attend.

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.

This Just In:

We are excited to announce that we have just added Marc DeCelle as our Keynote Speaker.

Marc is a writer and consultant whose previous work includes the acclaimed 2004 report Anticipating Crisis. This report warned of the accumulating risks to U.S. infra-structure well before these dangers were widely recognized and garnered accolades from leading scientists, authors and experts across a wide range of fields.

Marc is better known locally for his book How Fargo of You, a series of heartwarming and inspiring stories of life in the upper Midwest. Marc will combine his experience with the kindheartedness of people in our area along with his research into the frailties of our power grid to speak to us about building community in preparation for disaster.

Booths and Displays

We’re still working on lining up displays and booths for the fair. But here is an example of the kind of booths we’ve had in the past:

  • 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  the classes that we’ve confirmed so far:

  • Solar Cooking–Think solar cooking is only for those that live in Arizona? Think again. Marjorie Evans-de-Carpio of Solar Oven Partners will show us how to cook food with the sun. She will also tell us about her organizations mission to help people in poorly developed countries feed their families using their specially designed solar ovens.
  • Intro to pressure 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 pressure canning and give you the confidence to start canning your own produce.
  • Stop the Bleed—The best training in emergency first aid, taught by Dr. Jason Spjut of Aberdeen, SD.
  • Car Repair and Maintenance — Jared LaDuke, owner of Dukes Auto Sales will give you some good advice on how to get the most from your car.
  • Home Repair and Maintenance—This class will be taught by Kristen Brotherson, mother and homemaker extraordinaire. Designed especially for women, you will get lots of good information how to keep your home in top shape.

More: Hands-on Classes

Choosing a wheat grinder—Ever wondered which wheat grinder is best? Ever wondered if you should even get a wheat grinder? Leona Wells will have several different models of wheat grinders for you to test out and see what you like.
Dehydrators and Freeze-Dryers—I think dehydrating is essential to providing food for your family year-round. We will have a room of several different dehydrators PLUS a free-dryer. See all the pros and cons of the freeze-dryer, ask questions, taste the different foods, get tips and ideas on how to get the most from your food production by drying and freeze-drying.

Even More: Make and Take Classes

Soap Making—Find out how quick and easy it is to make your own soap with just a few simple ingredients. Take home your very own bar of homemade soap.
Meal-in-a-Bag—Combine a few freeze-dried and dehydrated ingredients and vacuum-seal them into a bag for an instant meal that you can use for emergencies or for camping.

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What will you see at the 2021 Preparedness Fair?

We are just beginning the planning for the 2021 Preparedness Fair. It is sure to have more: more classes, more booths, more to learn, more to share

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