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 Preparedness Fair

When: Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 110 Concord Road, Nashua 
Cost: Free and open to the public 
Contact: tomjen3@msn.com




Ready for anything
Fair focused on emergency preparedness, sustainable living

04/28/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Would you know what to do after a natural disaster, economic collapse or other major emergency? 

On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nashua is hosting a free Preparedness Fair where people can learn how to prepare for a worst-case scenario. The open-house-style event features exhibitors and displays, demonstrations, hands-on projects, presentations, food samples and kids’ activities. 
The event organizers, husband and wife Jonathan and Sheryl Dodge, are preparedness and sustainable living enthusiasts. They’ve participated in other preparedness fairs in the past but decided to start their own this year after seeing that none were offered in the Nashua area. 
“It’s kind of a hobby, but it’s also a way of life,” Sheryl Dodge said. “We keep bees and raise chickens and do gardening, and it’s all interrelated, because the chickens produce fertilizer for our garden, and the bees use the garden. It’s really about being good stewards of the Earth and being aware of where things come from.”  
Exhibitors will give brief presentations at various times throughout the day. 
Some of the highlighted presenters include Director of Emergency Management of Nashua Justin T. Kates, paramedic and certified First Aid and CPR instructor Mike Comber, president of Harvest Pathway online organic grocery store Clint Ellsworth, and Nashua Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Kerrigan. 
Exhibit topics run the gamut: aquaponics and gardening, solar power, water purification and storage, beekeeping, raising chickens, ham radio, finances and budgeting, spiritual preparedness and more. 
“We thought it was important for people to know how to take care of themselves,” Jonathan Dodge said. “You need to have some preparation ahead of time so that if something were to happen, you can care for yourself and others and aren’t dependent on outside assistance, because who knows when that will show up.” 
Visitors can check out demonstrations like soap- and candle-making, sewing and knitting, and CPR demonstrations will be given every half-hour. 
Hands-on activities are open to all ages and teach skills that would be invaluable in an emergency situation, such as wheat grinding and breadmaking, shaking cream into butter, gardening with make-and-take seed trays and making toilet paper from squares of flannel. 
“A lot of preparedness isn’t just having the equipment. It’s having the skill set and knowing how to do certain things,” Sheryl Dodge said. “Hopefully this will help people see how easy it is to do this stuff that they may have thought would be too costly or difficult.”
There will also be more kid-specific amusements like play dough, coloring, activity booklets, a bee pencil craft and tours of an emergency vehicle by the Nashua Fire Department 
Knowing how to make and store food is a big part of preparedness. Exhibits and demonstrations will cover all kinds of techniques, including food preservation, storage, canning, drying and maple sugaring. Visitors can even sample dried pineapple, jerky, jams, beehive honey, sprouts and other survival foods to see what they taste like. 
“I think people will definitely get some ideas that they hadn’t thought of before related to short-term and long-term preparedness, and to sustainable living, which is what [preparedness] is mostly about,” Jonathan Dodge said. 





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