I 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.
For 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?
Survival shelter management is a huge challenge considering the fact that you're trying to lead people in a disaster or emergency. These people are looking for leadership and this handbook will provide you with tips on how to do so.
This is a case study on underground survival. It will answer several questions related to surviving deep underground including the feasibility of underground survival during attacks.
There are a lot of basement fallout shelter plans online but this home fallout shelter plan by FEMA is very popular. It provides a step-by-step guide and illustrations needed in order to build an effective shelter.
If you're wondering how to make fire and blast resistant buildings, you can check out this guide. You can know the basic design techniques that are used to increase the level of protection offered by these buildings.
This guide presents fallout shelter plans that can help you build a well-functioning shelter. These plans can be helpful in developing building layouts.
An underground fallout shelter can help protect you and your family against a radioactive attack. This guide will teach you how to build an underground fallout shelter that can also be used for other purposes.
Building a fallout shelter is a challenge but this guide will show you that it's a challenge that you must, and can easily overcome. This guide will teach you how to build a multipurpose shelter that can be used during peace or war.
This document presents a complete construction sequence on how to build a lean to shelter. You'll be guided with a bill of materials and instructions on how to make one for 3 persons.
This guide will teach you how to make a different basement fallout shelter. Unlike the other basement shelter plans, this plan will teach you how to make one that has a tilt-up shelter for efficient storage.
This post will teach you how to build a fall out shelter made out of steel. You'll find tips and directions on how to construct a low-cost outside semi-mounded steel igloo shelter.
This is a guide that will teach you how to build a fallout shelter in your house. With this guide, you'll find instructions on how to build a shelter that's acceptable by the Canadian government.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued this guide to teach people how to build a lean to shelter right in their basement. This type of shelter is designed to provide protection from radioactive fallout.
This document will provide you with a list of materials that you need to make a radioactive shelter out of plywood. Step-by-step instructions are also provided so you can make one from scratch.
This post provides all the information that you need in order to make an underground corrugated steel culvert shelter. You'll find a list of instructions together with the bill of materials.
For a lot of people who live in homes with no basements, building a basement shelter is out of the question. This guide provides instructions on how to build underground shelters out of concrete right outside your home.
This download provides all the information that you need to build your own shelter in a compact basement space. A materials list and construction sequence are included to guide you together with illustrations.
This guide will show you in details how to make a radiation shelter. To be specific, it will help you build a lumber a-frame radiation shelter that can house and protect 10 people.
This is a guide that will teach you how to build a concrete block shelter. This shelter is intended to be set up in your basement and this guide provides instructions on how to do so.
It's not enough that you learn how to build a bomb shelter. The author understands that practical tips and instructions are needed. With this guide, you'll find good suggestions that will make the job easier.
The Family Fallout Shelter guide is a trusted guide that has helped families set up a shelter for their own protection. This guide will show you the rationale of building a shelter and it will teach you how to make one.
This document will provide you with all the information that you need on how to build an underground home. Objectives are clearly defined and complete instructions and illustrations are provided.
This guide provides instructions on how to make aboveground home fallout shelters. These shelters can be set up right outside your home and can serve several purposes in addition to protecting your family from a fallout.
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