posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 03:24 AM
I have too thought about the possibility of building a shelter, I will eventually construct on behind my house when I finally buy one and settle down.
However I am not of the doom and gloom crowd that thinks the entire world will end in two years by bombs leveling everything like the movie "The
I do think however that building a shelter is a great idea if not for "Oh Crap!" scenarios, but for legitimate threats like tornados, hurricanes or
major fires. Social order and breakdown is a more likely cause to have a shelter than war, but since no war has been waged on our soil in a long time,
eventually someone will get the bright idea to try it and then you're shelter will be the heaven that others would wish for.
Using it as a nice little retreat from the house is good to if the mrs. is on your butt, but as others suggested I have some suggestions for you.
1. Make your roof arched with the center being at the shallowest depth (your 3') Arches are the strongest natural form of reinforcement, look at most
bridges, they are either arched below, or suspended with arches from above in a mirror image.
2. Find old car alternators and car batteries and store them. A really neat idea came from an old Charlton Heston movie most younger folks might not
know of called "Soylent Green". I'm a big movie buff so I watch alot of older stuff, but he used a bicycle with no tire on the rear rim that ran a
belt attached to the car's alternator so that he could continuously charge the car battery when needed. If staying underground for extended periods
of time this would be handy, but sticking with Marine deep cycle no-maintenence batteries would be best as well.
3. Invest in dry stock. Keep away from box food that spoils. Seeds and various plants that you can artificially grow with artificial light in a little
"mini-lab" is a good idea for a renewable food source.
4. Entertainment. Decks of cards are fine, but for the sake of boredom don't forget to put in some board games and various other things to keep your
mind off of why you are stuck there in the first place.
5. Extra light bulbs or flourescent lights. Cheap, flat storage in bulk boxes will assure that you have plenty of light to last a long time. Candles
are also a big must.
6. Look at army surplus stores for emergency survival gear such as waterproof matches and other things like flint, fire starter, camping utensils or
other things that compact to save your very valuable space.
The most difficult thing I would imagine to deal with would be fresh water. Large 50 gallon drums can be bought for a decent price which can be filled
to the brim and stored, however what if you want to take a shower? Plumbing is your biggest issue.
Outside basic construction, give yourself an alternate exit. you never know when or if some crazy individual finds your little peice of heaven and
wants to take it for themselves, with or without your consent. If you have to cut and run, at least give yourself the option of twos, not just one.
Most important of all of these: Keep it quiet. Do not tell everyone you have it, only those instructed to go there in an emergency need know where it
is, last thing you need is the neighbor pleading with you to save their child and their entire eight person family for a shelter made for two-to-four.
Building codes and restrictions by building commissions might make it a pain as well. How can you hide if the structure is registered with the state
and you pay to have it inspected? Best to find a contractor to work with you under the table for a little extra cash to make sure the shelter is up to
safety standards and you aren't prematurely signing your death warrant.
Post your drawings and designs. I was into cad drafting as well as currently in 3d modelling. I need practice for my college degree, so maybe I could
help you sometime with some renderings before you start to build hardcore. I also have friends in drafting who can help you draw up proper blueprints
free of charge from the local commission.
Good luck to you sir.