Family Preparedness Fair

   Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019

   10 AM to 4 PM

   Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds


Free!    Kids' Activities!    Silent Auction!    Food!    Handouts & Hands On!

 Sponsored by Lewis and Clark County and the Elkhorn COAD* 

Want to Attend?
Here's What You Need to Know

What is a preparedness fair?  This is an opportunity to learn in an educational and entertaining setting what you and your family can do to prepare for and survive disasters and emergencies like floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and disease epidemics.

How much does it cost to attend?  The fair is FREE and open to everyone.

What kind of exhibits will there be?  Exhibits will be both indoors and outdoors and will provide informational handouts, hands-on learning opportunities, and giveaways of preparedness tools. Please see the top right corner of this page for a list of organizations that have so far registered to exhibit. We'll add more as the applications come in.

Will there be things to do besides visiting exhibits?  Yes, there will be a Silent Auction of ready-made family disaster kits. There will also be periodic raffles of items that can be included in a disaster kit.

Proceeds from the auction and raffles will be donated to the nonprofit Elkhorn COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) to further the work they do to provide relief and comfort during emergencies and disasters.

What is a disaster kit?  Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. A disaster kit is an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

How else can I support the fundraising efforts of the Elkhorn COAD?   

  • Donate a disaster kit for the Silent Auction (see links at right under Preparedness Resources to learn how to make one). Contact us at publichealth(at) to learn more.
  • Buy raffle tickets to win emergency preparedness items. Contact Tasa at the United Way of Lewis and Clark Area, 406-442-4360. Tickets cost $2 each or 3 for $5.
  • Donate directly to the Elkhorn COAD Disaster Fund, c/o the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area, 75 E. Lyndale Ave., Helena, MT 59601.

What activities will there be for kids?  "Passport to Preparedness" is an activity that uses a travel theme to encourage kids 3 and older to learn about the role they can play in helping their family to be prepared. Kids are issued a "passport" on entry. As they stop at each exhibit, they'll get a sticker or stamp in their passport. When they present their passport upon leaving, they'll receive their own "disaster kit," with child-friendly information and goodies.

There will also be many hands-on learning opportunities appropriate for kids, as well as public safety and response vehicles on display.

Will there be food?  The Salvation Army has volunteered to provide FREE hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch.


Want to Be an Exhibitor?
Here's What You Need to Know

Is there any cost to be an exhibitor?  No, space will be provided for free to those who register. You will need to provide your own table, chairs, and display materials and equipment. 

Will there be power and Internet access available? Yes, there will be power hookups and Wifi.

How do I sign up to be an exhibitor?  Simply fill out the exhibitor application and return it by Sept. 1 to publichealth(at) Register early! Space is limited, both indoors and outdoors.

Are all exhibitors required to provide a disaster kit for the Silent Auction?  No, but we encourage it as a way to help support the nonprofit Elkhorn COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters), and it would be a great attention-getter to bring people to your exhibitor table.

What belongs in a disaster kit?  See the links under Preparedness Resources at right for ideas about what to include. See the exhibitor application for disaster-kit guidelines.


*What is the Elkhorn COAD?  

The COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters) is a partnership among several nonprofit service organizations in our community that offer relief and comfort during times of emergency and disaster. The coalition serves Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties. Members include the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Way, LDS Charities, Montana Conservation Corps, Helena Food Share, HOPE Dogs, and the Montana Radio Network.

The COAD is always looking for new members! If you or your organization is interested in being part of the Elkhorn COAD, please contact COAD Chair Joe Wojton at



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Send them to  publichealth(at)