Dare to prepare: Festival helps you prep should disaster strike

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 10:54 AM

PHOENIX -- Should disaster strike tomorrow, how prepared would you be to cope? A festival underway at the Arizona State Fairgrounds this weekend is designed to help you make sure you and your family can survive.

On Friday's Good Morning Arizona, Ryan O'Donnell took us to "Prepper-fest Arizona."

Tony Tangalos is the organizer of the event, which is now in its second year. "Well, we say prepping is not about doomsday; it's about every day," he says. "We have a lot of everyday supplies people can use.

Supplies on hand include medical packs, food supplies, water purification supplies, and even ham radios.

Ready Water offers ready-to-use water in 55-gallon drums. "So if the water supply has a problem, which we had in Phoenix a few years ago, you can have some emergency water stored up, and you can have it delivered," he says.

High-tech glow-sticks can provide emergency lighting. An there are even systems that can help you grow your own food.

Advanced water filtration systems are also hot items. "They have all sorts of units here, big ones and small ones," says Tangalos. "You can put pretty much any water in this thing, and you can cleanse and purify it."

As far as food goes, you can find a big variety. "Survival food is actually pre-cooked," says Tangalos. "You just open it and serve it, and it's got a 15-year shelf life."

As well as great information, the festival offers tons of freebies, including $15K in prizes and $500 worth of gift certificates.

The festival runs Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It will be held at the Arizona State Fairgrounds at 19th Avenue and McDowell.

For more information visit prepperfestaz.com.

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