Michigan State Police to host Prepare Fair in Battle Creek; Annual Fair Encourages Citizens to Prepare for Disasters

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-336-6464
Agency: State Police

September 9, 2015

LANSING.  For Battle Creek area residents, free food and emergency preparedness fun will be the talk of the town as the Michigan State Police, Battle Creek Response Consortium, Do1Thing and Target host the fourth annual Prepare Fair.

The Prepare Fair will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Target store parking lot located at 5700 Beckley Road. Individuals attending the fair will learn the simple ways to prepare for an emergency or disaster, including how to develop a family emergency plan and how to create an emergency supply kit.

“The Prepare Fair is a great opportunity to meet local emergency responders and learn about the importance of being ready for all types of emergencies and disasters,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. “The fifth anniversary of the Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River Oil Spill reminds us that disasters can happen at any time, to anyone and underscores the importance of having an emergency plan with an emergency supply kit.”

Battle Creek area emergency responders, nonprofits and preparedness organizations will be distributing free information and promotional items, as well as exhibiting emergency response vehicles and having door prize drawings. The event is free of charge and open to anyone.

Participating groups include the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, American Red Cross, Battle Creek Fire Department, Battle Creek Police Department, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun County Public Health Department, Consumers Energy, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Salvation Army and many others.

Target and the Salvation Army will be providing free hotdogs and snacks to the first 500 attendees.

For more information about the Prepare Fair, go to www.michigan.gov/preparefair or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.