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Family preparedness fair Friday in Red Wing

The girls in Rosie Caulkins and Wendy Jones Faith in God class pack 200 donated recycling bags which will be distributed Friday night at the community emergency preparedness fair.

Preparing for emergencies can be a fun family affair. Being prepared builds confidence and lessens fears when unexpected calamities, like tornadoes or floods, strike.

To help community members in these efforts, a family emergency preparedness fair is being offered from 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Friday, April 24, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Children can see the city fire truck and attend three short classes for ages 3-11 put on by the Fire Department, Police and FEMA for kids. There will be lively stories of Chicken Little and Tina Tiny Ant, and everything from Internet safety to eating bugs, organizer Rosie Caulkins said.

Adult mini-classes include basic gardening by Hallstrom's, first aid and fuel, and food and water storage. Food samples from basic home storage will be available.

Each person will get a granola bar, bottled water, and a recyclable shopping bag.

There will be drawings for a 72-hour emergency kit, weather radio, FEMA Sesame Street DVD, and other emergency supplies.

Information will be available from Goodhue County Recycling, Mahn Family Funeral Home and Goodhue County Red Cross. And there will be some tips for getting out of debt.

In addition, individuals may learn more about how to participate in the worldwide Humanitarian Aid school bag, hygiene kits and newborn layette projects.

The event is free. The church is located at 580 Hi Park in Red Wing.

For information, call Rosie Caulkins at (651) 437-8889.