PAWS Power and Water 500 From Above


Indefinite supply of power from solar panels
6 months of filtered water@ 0.7 gal/day/person @ 70oF
6 months of cooking
6 months of showering
6 months of toilet
6 months of kitchen operation


  1. One 500-gallon rain collection tank on one downspout of the house will make the house water supply last indefinitely.
  2. This product may qualify for a $5,600 Solar Tax Credit if used on a primary home.

The NORAD POWER AND WATER SYSTEM (PAWS-500) is a one-piece 500-gallon aluminum water tank and solar power supply unit designed to fit inside the garage of a conventional house. The PAWS-500 is designed to allow a family of four to “SHELTER IN PLACE” in their house and live relatively normal for six months using only tank water and solar electric power when the electrical power grid has been disrupted by an EMP attack, cyber-attack, solar flare, pandemic, or some other man-made or natural disaster. Staying in place for six months will prevent family members from having to travel to forage for food, water, supplies and competing with thousands of other people. It will provide filtered water at the kitchen sink, light in 6 rooms of the house, water for a 1.5 gallon shower every week for each person, methanol cooking for four people for approximately six months, and 10 hrs./day of TV and DVD player, plus a 12-volt socket for laptop computer and phone charging as needed.
The NORAD PAWS-500 includes an aluminum MIG welded 500-gallon tank, aluminum EMP shielded vault to store solar panels, AGM battery bank, water pump, water filtration system, circuit breaker panel, solar charge controller that is mounted inside an EMP shielded vault, DC battery bank meter, 7 LED lights, 500 ft. of wire, 3-way valves to allow the DC water pump to draw rain water from a rain water barrel or from the PAWS-500 tank. All EMP shielding is designed to meet MIL-STD-188-125A:”High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) Protection for Ground-Based C4I Facilities Performing Critical, Time-Urgent Missions Part 1: Fixed Facilities” 17 July 1998.

Power and Water PAWS 500 Battery Bank
Power and Water PAWS 500 Battery Bank – PATENT PENDING


Most Cars will not work, traffic lights will not be working, more than half of the work population that live in cities will have to leave the city in search of water and food. Planes in flight will loose their electronic flight instrumentation, most will make forced landings, radios don’t work, people will not be able to get water at home, so toilets will not be able to flush. Most people are so accustomed to electricity that most people will just wait thinking that the power will come back on within a few days. Federal, state, and local governments will be overwhelmed, hospitals and doctors will be inundated with patients. People will form armed gangs to obtain resources to survive, traffic jams will be a major secondary event and people will only be able to leave the cities on foot, bicycle, or horse and it will not be safe to travel. Traveling will require significant quantities of water and people will not know where to go. Most homes and food stores have only about three days food supply so people would have to leave their homes to find water and food. Many people will become predatory and do anything to survive. Complicating the situation is that many people will masquerade as police or government officials. When the internet fails due to the loss of so many people to keep the internet working, many things stop and jobs come to a stop and then petroleum becomes not existent and trucks can’t deliver food to the local stores. The homes of the wealthy will be the first target since they will be perceived by the survivors to have resources such as food, water, fuel, gold, silver, antibiotics, etc. The only defense is to make the house look like it has already been ransacked and just become invisible. Those people who are energy independent will have to use curtains to black all the windows at night so they do not become a clear target. Small communities will probably set up barriers to isolate them in order to control and distribute their limited resources. People will have to develop new skills sets in order to stay alive and those people who have medical skills may have to hide these skills at times or face kid napping to save the kidnappers family members. Antibiotics will be worth more than money since the production of antibiotics requires many resources to produce and a way of distribution. The population will be fighting cholera, dysentery, thirst, and famine. A realistic scenario of life after a HEMP attack can be found in a book called “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen, 2009. Note that none of the people in the EMP scenario in this book were properly prepared.


In August 2012, Congressman Roscoe Bartlett introduced House Resolution Bill 762 to encourage community based civil defense preparations to enable people to operate “off of the power grid” for long periods of time “when there is no one there to call”. The focus is based on preparation for cyber-attacks, solar geomagnetic storms, pandemics, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a high altitude nuclear weapon detonation or HEMP attack. Every community needs to work to generate at least 20% of their own electrical energy. Bartlett pointed out that the US has 18 critical infrastructures and without electricity the other 17 cannot function. This is just the beginning of legislation to protect the American way of life from attacks on the U.S.A. power grid. This can only happen if families can become self-sufficient for electricity, water, and food. In 2015 HR 1073 was adopted which directed people employed in electrical infrastructure to prepare for EMP events.

Solar Power

Six 250-watt solar panels are stored inside an EMP shielded vault until needed after a disaster. The six 250-watt solar panels each 40 in x 65 in x 2 inch that need to be mounted on the home roof or in the backyard and 500 ft. of wire after a disaster are included. The PAWS-500 solar panels are seized for zones 1-5 where there are at least four solar hours per day. One additional solar panel may be needed is zone 6.

Zone 1 – 6 hours
Zone 2 – 5.5 hours
Zone 3 – 5 hours
Zone 4 – 4.5 hours
Zone 5 – 4.2 hours
Zone 6 – 3.5 hours

Electrical System

The solar panels send electrical power to the Solar Charge Controller mounted in an EMP Shielded Enclosure. The Solar Charge Controller charges the 1,200-amp hour AGM 12-volt deep cycle battery bank. The level of battery bank charge is indicated by the DC Volt Meter. Deep cycle AGM batteries do not produce hydrogen gas and do not contain enough acid to spill. At a 50% Depth Of Discharge (DOD), the battery bank has over a 1000 life cycles or 1000 days of operation. This system provides power for the water pump as needed, 6 lights at 16 hours per day, PAWS light as needed, scanner 8 hours per day, and CD Player and 32 in TV for 10 hrs./day.

Water Pump

The 12-volt water pump has an automatic pressure switch to automatically maintain water pressure and will draw water from the PAWS-500 water tank and pump into the water filtration system pressuring the plumbing system in the house to approximately the same pressure as city/well water but will not be able to supply the same volume of water. A 3-way valve needs to be installed in the house to switch the water supply from city water to tank water. One back-up water pump is included. Water consumption is based on 0.5 gallons/day/person for drinking and weekly 1.5-gallon showers for each of the four people in the house.

Water Filtration and Disinfection

The 4.0 g.p.m. water filtration system is designed to filter rain water containing bacteria. Filtration is accomplished in three stages. The first and second stages are micron filter elements and the third stage is a disinfection filter.

Roof Rain Collection System (Optional)

The use of rain collection barrels increases the water volume many fold to allow the PAWS-500 water pump to pressurize the house plumbing system making all sinks and toilets in the house functional. The rain barrels should be equipped with “first flush diverters” designed to be placed on the bottom of the down spouts of the house and drain into a 100-gallon rain collection barrel (30-inch diameter x 41 inches tall, or 200-gallon plastic rain collection barrel which is 36 inches in diameter and 56 inches tall. Many people feel these rain barrels are ugly and often not allowed by HOA’s and therefore consider underground rain collection tanks or planter box above ground tanks. Underground tanks are useful if water is to be stored in frozen ground. The first flush diverters dump the first half-gallon of water on to the ground to lose the insects, leaves, dust, bird droppings etc. The 3-way stainless valve on the pump inlet allows the water pump to draw water by the supplied hose from the rain collection carrel to the water filtration system before entering the PAWS-500 water tank. Turning the two 3-way valves 90 degrees on the filter outlet allows the water pump to transfer water from the PAWS-500 tank to the house plumbing system. Only filtered water can enter the PAWS-500 tank and only filtered water can leave the PAWS-500 tank. Rain collection barrels with first flush diverters are a very inexpensive option and should always be considered. One rain collection barrel on one downspout of a 2000 ft2 roof house in an area with 20 inches of rain per year will collect approximately 24,800 gallons per year divided by 6 downspouts = 4,133 gallons per downspout.
USA Precipitation Map
Annual rainfall in the US ranges from 10 to 60 inches per year. Each 10 ft. x 10 ft. area of roof will collect 62 gallons of water for each one inch of rain. In dry states with 20 inches of rain per year, this will result in 1,240 gallons per year for each 100 ft2 of roof area. Most roofs that would drain to 4 down spouts would have approximately 1000 ft2 of roof area. Each one inch of rain would then produce 620 gallons. If the annual rainfall is 20 inches (dry state) then this 1000ft2 roof would collect 12,400 gallons per year averaging 34 gallons per day. If four rain collection barrels are utilized, the daily water consumption for owners of the PAWS-500 system should be raised to approximately 30 gallons per day for the whole house divided by the number of people in the house. In a conventional house people average approximately 6-10 gallons/day/person with most of the water used to flush a toilet at approximately 2 gallons/flush.

AREA FT2 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
1,000 6,200 9,300 12,400 15,500 18,600 21,700 24,800 27,900 31,000 34,100 37,200
1,500 9,300 13,950 18,600 23,250 27,900 32,550 37,200 41,850 46,500 51,150 55,800
2,000 12,400 18,600 24,800 31,000 37,200 43,400 49,600 55,800 62,000 68,200 74,400
2,500 15,500 23,250 31,000 38,750 46,500 54,250 62,000 69,750 77,500 85,250 93,000
3,000 18,600 27,900 37,200 46,500 55,800 65,100 74,400 83,700 93,000 102,300 111,600
3,500 21,700 32,550 43,400 54,250 65,100 75,950 86,800 97,650 108,500 119,350 130,200
4,000 24,800 37,200 49,600 62,000 74,400 86,800 99,200 111,600 124,000 136,400 148,800
4,500 27,900 41,850 55,800 69,750 83,700 97,650 111,600 125,550 139,500 153,450 167,400
5,000 31,000 46,500 62,000 77,500 93,000 108,500 124,000 139,500 155,000 170,500 186,000

Example: A house with a roof area of 3000 ft2 in a geographic area that receives 25 inches of rain each year will collect 46,500 gallons per year divided by 8 downspouts = 4,650 gallons/downspout on average.

PAWS-500 Power and Water System Hidden System - Patent Pending
PAWS-500 Power and Water System Hidden System – Patent Pending
PAWS-500 Power and Water System Hidden System Advantages
PAWS-500 Power and Water System Hidden System Advantages


The PAWS-500 includes seven 10-watt LED lights, with switches on the light. Six of the lights are to be mounted in rooms in the house using the 500 ft. of wire supplied either through the house attic or stapled directly on to the wall. Usually the lights are mounted in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and three bedrooms and one light is already mounted on the PAWS-500 unit itself located in the garage or basement.


The PAWS-500 includes a methanol stove and 20 gallons of methanol which will operate the alcohol stove for 6 months serving four people.


The PAWS-500 allows normal levels of sanitation using a 2-gallon shower bag with heated water from the sun or from the alcohol stove. The amount of shampoo must be just that need to washout with this volume of water. Rain water has a hardness of “0” so soap and shampoo lather very well. There are also propane options for “on-demand” water heaters.

Washing Machine

A manual clothe washing machine is included which uses one quart of warm water that is manually poured into the washer. Each load will wash one set of clothes for one person. The spent water is poured into the sink, conventional toilet, or camping toilet. One person can wash their clothes once per month if rain water collection is not used.

Toilet- No Rain Collection

The PAWS-500 includes two portable toilets with extra tanks. Each flush requires approximately one cup of water compared to the most efficient conventional toilet @ 1.6 gallons per flush. The full sewage tank is dumped into the house conventional toilet.

Toilet With Rain Collection

If rain collection is used, the water pump of the PAWS-500 can be plumbed into the house plumbing system which will allow the house toilets, sinks, and showers to operate normally. City sewers have a large capacity when only the people with a PAWS-500 are able to drain sewage into the system. Houses with septic systems will operate normally.


The PAWS-500 includes a scanner radio, wire, and antenna. The antenna should be installed on the roof of the house prior to the disaster and NOT connected to the back of the radio until after the disaster event. The scanner can operate eight hours per day.

EMP Vault

The PAWS-500 includes an EMP vault to store six- 250-watt solar panels. During peace time, the 50-watt solar panels maintains the charge in the battery bank. After a disaster, the 50-watt panel is considered sacrificed and the six- 250-watt panel are put in place on the roof or on a ground frame.

Electrical Load Center

The electric power is distributed and protected by a 12-volt circuit breaker panel with 8 circuit breakers labeled as follows:

  • Light 1
  • Light 2
  • Light 3
  • Light 4 and 5
  • Light 6, furnace blower with inverter at furnace
  • Light 7 and Scanner
  • Water pump
  • DVD player and 32 in TV

When a disaster event occurs, the action that needs to be taken to make the PAWS-500 system operational is as follows:

  1. Turn the 3-way valve on the pipe supplying water to the house from the city/well water position to the PAWS-500 position.
  2. Connect the radio antenna cable at the back of each radio.
  3. Turn on all the circuit breaker switches for the water pump and scanner and lights as needed on the PAWS-500. Lights in most rooms are not needed during daylight hours.

The PAWS-500 includes the following:

1-MIG Welded 500-gallon aluminum tank, battery bank container, fill port, vent port, gage port
1-DC Circuit Breaker Panel 8 circuits
1- EMP Shielded Solar Charge Controller
2-Water pumps 12-volt 4 gpm, one back-up
1-Water filtration system with two back-up filter elements
2- 2-gallon solar shower bags.
2-stainless steel 3-way valves
6- 250-watt solar panels with wires and connectors (needs mounting by customer)
8-150AH deep cycle AGM batteries wired in parallel (need to be loaded in place by customer)
2-Camping toilets with two transfer tanks
1-two burner alcohol stove
4-5-gallon containers of methanol
6- 10-watt LED lights and 500 feet of wire (needs to be wired to rooms by customer)
1-32 in 12-volt flat screen LED HD TV
1-12-volt DVD player
1-EMP vault to hold 6 -250-watt panels
1-50-watt solar panel to maintain charge in battery bank (needs to be mounted on roof by customer)
1-radio scanner, antenna and 75 ft. of wire
1-panel space for TV monitor connected to outdoor cameras
1-battery analog meter
1-12-volt socket
1-tank water level gage reading in inches of water depth corresponding to a table in Operator’s Manual.
100 ft. rain barrel water transfer hose
1-hand crank manual clothes washer
1-1-gallon of peroxide disinfectant
4- 1/2 x 6-inch expanding anchor bolts
400 ft2 – Black Ops curtains to cover windows in the house at night. (needs to be cut to size by customer)
1-Operator’s Manual
1-Book Principles of Protection, The US Handbook of NBC Weapon Fundamentals and Shelter Engineering Design Standards, Walton McCarthy M.E. 2013, Brown Books.

Delivery and Installation(summary)

  1. The PAWS-500 is shipped in a crate, and batteries are shipped in a second crate and are usually delivered to the home by a truck with a power tailgate and transferred from the street to the garage door by hand truck.
  2. A local moving company is usually used to supply four men to lift the 450 lb. PAWS-500 into place on the garage floor and lift the 95 lb. batteries into place on the PAWS-500.
  3. The customer must then use the supplied concrete anchor bolts to secure the PAWS-500 to the floor.
  4. The customer must hire a plumber to connect the water out from the PAWS-500 to the water system in the house with a 3-way valve.
  5. The solar panels must be installed on the roof or ground frame and then removed and placed back into the EMP vault.
  6. The wiring must be run from the solar panels to the solar charge controller.
  7. The wiring must be run for the six 12-volt lights in rooms of the customer’s choice.
  8. The water tank needs to be filled with 500+ gallons of tap water by garden hose while adding peroxide
    fectant during filling.
  9. If an underground rain collection tank is used, it should be plumbed to the PAWS-500 pump intake.


  • The PAWS-500 filled with water and all batteries and equipment weigh approximately 5,500 lbs. distributed over a foot print of 2 ft. x 8 ft. which places a load on the garage concrete floor of only 344 lbs./ft2.
  • The PAWS-500 must be located in a place that will be above freezing temperature.

Food Package Family of Four for One Year -Optional

A one-year food supply is available which consists of storable food packages with a wide variety of grains, soups, stews, fruits, vegetables, desserts, snacks and meat substitutes which are healthy, flavorful and affordable. Each package has dehydrated and freeze-dried food in 5-gallon buckets and #10 cans with a shelf life of 30 years. This package has over 3,000,000 calories. The food package weighs 1,600 lbs. and takes up a space of 4.5 ft. wide x 4.5 ft. long x 7 ft. high. The customer must purchase approximately 300 rolls of toilet paper personally since so many women are allergic to certain brands.