Ideas for Underground Shelters
In the event of just about every category of Situation X
, a strong underground
shelter is one of the best ways of providing yourself the maximum chance of survival.
is an excellent online resource on how to build fallout shelters. I would very much like to
hear other people's experiences with building them, and how they dealt with problems like air filtration, weather, floods, space, latrine, etc.
However, I have what I believe is a practical solution to exactly how one overcomes the embarassment of building a shelter in one's back yard, lack
of engineering knowledge, lack of manual labor or mobility, lack of tools and building materials, and even how to ensure it even meets city code. Here
Buy an in-ground pool.
Buy the cheapest deepest pool you can. Let your minimum standards be that it is about two feet taller than your tallest family member, lighted, meets
code, and has good drainage. Don't worry about looks at all, in fact, the uglier it is, the less you'll want to keep a pool and the more you'll
want to make it a shelter.
The cost? Less than $10,000. I have no idea how much less, it probably depends on who you know, but considering a decent tool shed normally costs
$1500-3000, I think it's a pretty darn good value, and covers the following basics:
- You've now got a spot for a latrine (the drain hole at the bottom), and a source of running water (while it lasts), and
(depending on the model you get), a convertable water filtration system. In the event your area IS flooded during an unrelated Situation X, your
entire shelter is designed around the ability to drain liquid out of itself. You might still have to leave, but could otherwise stay underground far
longer than those whom have no drainage.
- The circuit to the light can be easily rewired to something like a rechargeable lighting system and a power outlet. That way
if your area doesn't actually lose electricity, you can still use it from the comfort of your shelter, and even if you do lose it, at least you've
got some light for a while so you aren't stumbling around in the dark, in the middle of an emergency, looking for a flashlight. You could even use it
to power a refrigerator or freezer, and thus keep little Timmy's insulin cold (or some beers, whatever). Even if the juice gets knocked out, it'll
stay cold for a while if you have the kind of unit that open from the top. If you had a fridge AND a freezer that open from the top each, you can use
the freezer to store bags of ice, that can, in turn, be put in the fridge to keep items cold. In this fashion you could conceivably keep things cold
for weeks if not months.
- At least on the sides. The roof may be a bit questionable if you don't do it right, but at least you know the floor
and walls are solid. The walls can be easily watersealed, and your floor is already smooth. The incline may seem a bit crap at first, but it's your
- Seriously. That's a really sweet amount of space that can be used to give you and your occupants a little privacy in the
latrine, some storage space, room to spread out a bit, maybe even small private closet-sized bedrooms.
Easy to Finish
- Everything except the roof, partitions, and stocking the thing, have been taken care of for you. The rest should be
Already have a pool?
Consider turning it into a fallout shelter - How often do you use that pool now? How much per year do you pay to keep
that pool maintained? How many of your family's lives could be saved if you had a big, reinforced concrete hole in the ground you could evacuate them
to in the event of tornadoes or a bombing? How much food, medicine, and other vital equipment could you get per year with the money you'd save on not
maintaining a pool?
Thoughts? Comments? Different ideas? Have you built one and have experience to share? Let's hear it.
mod edit: removed survivalist from title due to creation of new forum
[edit on 12-12-2006 by UK Wizard]