Emergency Preparedness

Building A Bunker for Your Family

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Disasters cannot be predicted but we definitely are starting to find out ways to stay protected if one does happen. We have in-house safe rooms, basements doubling up as bunkers, food and medical supplies, bug out bags and a whole lot of other things that provide us with a sense of safety and calmness.

But what most of us miss out when thinking about prepping is that most of our homes lie in urban settlements or places where there is human agglomeration all round. In the event of a calamity that requires us to evacuate our area, we do have the stuff to survive the ordeal but most of us do not have a safe place to stay if things get out of hand and we cannot return to our homes safely.

Owning a remotely located bunker is one preparedness idea that doesn’t get its due attention despite its immense importance. Bunkers protect us from outside threats and yes, we do need them inside our homes, but there should be a place far away from the area we live, where we should have one to save ourselves if such things like terrorists attacking the city, nuclear fallout like Chernobyl or even a natural disaster. Evacuating out of the area takes a lot of time which might end up forsaking the lives of those who do not pass first. So owning a remotely located bunker is becoming increasingly important and in case you also are interested in acquiring and building such an essential safety measure for your family then you need to follow these steps:

Choosing a location:

A wise decision for choosing a location to build a remote and safe bunker would be in the direction opposite to the evacuation exits out of the area as in the event of a calamity or a catastrophe, everyone going out will use the other way and your path to the bunker would be highly accessible at all times. Secondly, there comes the notion of how far should it be located from any urban dwelling or area? Well, that depends on you but choose a place that’s no more than half an hour’s drive away from the precincts of the city, town or area you reside in as you would need to get there as soon as possible.

Thirdly, choose a place that’s non-descript and no one would ever think that someone would come and live here. Vast scants of land are always available outside cities that growing population won’t touch for the next few decades. Settle down in a certain area and then find the authority in control of it. Buying might be a bit expensive and could take up a couple of thousand dollars but the money will be an investment and could end up increasing your family’s chances of surviving a disaster like a sudden nuclear fallout from the one that happened in Chernobyl or an ash splurging volcano and there are a few ways to fund and save money for your doomsday bunker. Forests and natural reserves should be avoided to build a remotely located bunker as they are subject to a lot of complex rules and the park ranger’s discretion over everything might make reaching the location a difficulty most of the year.

Building it:

While you might think that this remote bunker would be similar to building a bunker inside your home, but this bunker has an altogether different purpose, therefore its dynamics would be drastically different from the latter.

Firstly, this bunker should be quite big and not just function as a small room to keep you and your family locked out till things get better outside. This bunker should be spacious as you might need to spend time ranging from a few weeks to even a month or two inside it as it’s meant for the more mean disasters, which usually don’t subside within a day or two. Even if you opt for a single hall, make sure it’s big enough to have space to have a small stroll and can easily put to rest 10-15 people without cramping up the place.

While reinforcement is necessary on the walls and the roof, it’s advisable that you start building the roof 2-3 meters below ground level so that the mud and earth above you could provide you with an extra cushion and make the place more safer. While there is a lot of stuff out there on prepping foods and equipment that you might need to stay healthy down there for long periods, ensure that there is a lot of water and the sanitation is great to make the ordeal as comfortable as possible.

Hiding it:

Yes, you need to hide it from everyone passing through. It should not be visible from above the ground and there should be no sign that might lead anyone to know that a place like this exists in the first place.

Firstly, to erase signs and traces, you would need to put in the exhausts in such a manner that the emissions match the outside air at all times so no one can trace you through heat signals in times of terror or war. Secondly, the reason that the place should be built a good 2-3 meters below ground level is to eliminate radio signals emanating from any activity you do down there and not let anyone find out that there is something suspicious down there.

Thirdly comes securing the outside. The entrance should be secured through a formidable lock system but you need to make sure that no one except you can find it out. The best way to do this is to put it under a layer of something like bringing in a used dump truck half full of compost and offloading it there. Then get some wild shrubs and plants and try to plant it in a manner that makes it look as natural as possible. Wild plants neutralize suspicion to a certain extent and any “Intentional” activity that could turn out to give away your bunker’s location might be immensely dangerous.

Prepping is a formidable activity that might have remote chances of coming into use but it can turn out to be lifesaving if such a situation arises. A human life is invaluable but as we spend on our materialistic desires and retirement plans, saving to build a place that might end up protecting us from harm is not such a bad idea. Lastly, prepare a map and some instructions on how to operate things down there and leave them secured so that even your future generations might benefit from them when unknown forms of disaster might threaten them. This underground Noah’s ark might be your savior from a great deluge or a modern strike.

source: http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/