Bomb Shelters

bomb sheltersI f you were a child during the 1950s you probably were taught the “duck and cover” routine in case of nuclear attack. It was during this time that many people, and the government, constructed bomb shelters in case of a nuclear bomb.

Today we are seeing a new interest in the construction of personal bomb shelters for protection from a variety of threats including nuclear attack, extreme weather conditions and biological attacks for enemy sources.

A bomb shelter by definition needs to be at least three feet underground to allow that amount of soil to stand between the shelter and the outside elements. It will generally have a cement or steel layer on top of that and should always have a 90 degree angle entrance to filter any radiation (which thankfully has not the capability of turning corners).

Since the minimum waiting period to emerge from a bomb shelter after a nuclear attack is two weeks, a minimum of three weeks to three months worth of food and water should always be in a bomb shelter for each person it is to accommodate. We have extensive sections about the preparation and storing of food supplies in our Food Preparation and Planning section.

If you are just considering the possibility of creating a space for underground survival, you might want to read An Unclassified Case for Underground Survival to understand the different arguments about it. For those who live in big cities that have urban survival shelters, the handbook on Survival Shelter Management might be a good book to have in case you should ever have to organize your neighborhood into a public bomb shelter.

bomb shelterFor those lucky enough to have both the space and the skills to build your own bomb shelters, we have several plans from our Guide to Building a Fallout Shelter in Peace and In War to How to Build A Fallout Shelter Out of Steel or even how to construct a shelter in your basement with Basement Fallout Shelter Plans.

These plans can answer a variety of questions for anyone considering the construction of a bomb shelter including:

  • What are the limitations when constructing in basements?
  • What are the principals of protective design when it comes to shelters?
  • What kind of operational rules should a public shelter have?
  • What kind of materials do I need to build a bomb shelter?



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