PrepareFair will feature emergency response equipment, exhibits and live demonstrations

The 2013 Minneapolis Emergency PrepareFair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Minneapolis in the IDS Center Crystal Court and along Nicollet Mall between 6th and 10th streets. 

The PrepareFair is an opportunity for residents, businesses and employees to learn about the resources available to help prepare their family or business for an emergency or disaster.

The 2013 PrepareFair will feature dozens of emergency preparedness exhibitors inside the IDS Center Crystal Court. Along Nicollet Mall there will be live demonstrations from special teams such as the Minneapolis Police Department Bomb Squad, SWAT and K9 units. Response vehicles from the Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Fire Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will be on display.

Target and Points of Light are teaming up to bring Good & Ready, an online and on-the-ground emergency preparedness program, to the PrepareFair to help families and the community prepare for disasters. Attendees will receive disaster preparedness kits to take home for their families. While supplies last, the kits will include a hand-crank flashlight, water bottle, dust mask, garbage bags and hand sanitizing wipes, among other items.

This will be the 4th annual PrepareFair that the Downtown Emergency Advisory Committee of the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District has presented to highlight the community’s effort toward emergency preparedness, and also aligning efforts with the National Preparedness Month in September.

For more information, visit The website features schedules, information, a live webcast and archived video of demonstrations. For more information about how to get involved with Emergency Preparedness, visit


Published Sep 4, 2013