Doomsday Motorcycles, Aquaponics, and Deluxe Bunkers at the Arizona Survivalist/Prepper Expo
Here are five thing we saw at this weekend's Arizona Survivalist/Prepper Expo that caught our eye. Either because of their utility, their uniqueness, or their out-and-out coolness. Sometimes all three.
Ando Muneno Apparently the end of the world is going to be tactical, but also stylish.
The expo was hosted in the Glendale Civic Center with vendors packing its main hall and spilling out onto the sidewalk. We saw everything from home-brewed discount bulletproof glass and floor-to-ceiling food organizers to a foam-form house that claims to be bulletproof.
H2OPE Solar Powered Water Purifier
Ando Muneno H2OPE water filtration system.
When people make lists of what they'll need if everything goes pear shape, they tend to put things like food and guns at the top of the list. That's all well and good, but it bears repeating that you're going to get thirsty a lot quicker than you're going to get hungry and that finding something safe to drink is probably going to be harder than finding something you can eat.
That's where the H2OPE system shines. It's basically an oversize wheeled trunk stuffed with car batteries that are recharged using solar panels on the lid. You can use the stored energy to run a staggering number of electronics, or you can activate the water-purification system inside to churn out clean water. The water-purification system can purify lightly contaminated water with UV light or it can use reverse osmosis to give you extremely pure water. Furthermore, they've also included the ability to produce alkaline water, in case you need to make noodles or something after the apocalypse. Even better, the water purifier comes with two sets of pumps so you can pump and purify at the same time. In other words, you could theoretically hook up a washing machine to this device and it'll go.
Additionally, the system has a power inverter, which means you can hook up pretty much anything that generates electricity to help recharge the batteries. That means you can hook up wind power, additional solar cells, or a stationary bike. We favor the later because, as we all know, the first rule of the zombie apocalypse is cardio.