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HowTo Build A Cheap Fallout Shelter

HowTo Build A Cheap Fallout Shelter

Postby jpf1030 » Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:37 am

Howdy All,
I ran across the below article on cheap homemade underground radiation shelters at the http://www.pakalertpress.com website. Though I would be considerably more thorough in such a structure, I did pick up some food for thought. However, the really impressive thing about it is the youtube video on an incredible underground structure in Paradise Valley right here in Montana that supposedly was designed to keep up to 300 people safe in a major radiation event. This thing looks like it would withstand anything but a ground zero blast. I have tried to contact the guy in the video by emailing the makers of the video. It would be pretty cool to have him here to give a presentation at one of our BSOSC meetings...jpf
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Prepare for WW3: How to build a cheap fallout shelter
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Too many survivalist writers include preparation of a deluxe expensive fallout shelter as part of their suggestions and fiction. For instance, how often have we read about our hero and his shelter designed underneath his home complete with air filtration and blast door from American Safe Rooms (less than $10,000.00!), well, septic system and multiple hidden entrances?

Most of us have limitations on what and how we can prepare; space, money, time and understanding of others we live with.

A fallout shelter is one of those areas. Most of us simply do not have several thousand dollars around for a complete, sub-basement fallout shelter depicted in stories and movies. So we have to make due with a less expensive version using the tools and supplies we may have on hand.

To get started, you need the following:

A place for a shelter
A shovel, rototiller and pick
Plastic sheeting
Lumber

What is described is a trench shelter. Basically, it is a long hole in the ground, a few feet wide, with ceiling and walls made from lumber and plastic sheeting and then covered with the dirt from the hole.

A place for the shelter. This could be the backyard, acreage, vacant lot or other property. While having the shelter on site where one lives is the best option, having a shelter off site somewhere out of the way may be useful in avoiding prying eyes and uninvited guests.

While it’s handy to have a back hoe, most of us will have to settle for a shovel, pick and plenty of labor. If their digging team is limited to one or two adults/teens, then plan the work over a long weekend or several days.
A rototiller is handy because it can break up three or four inches of soil allowing its quick removal by shovel and is faster than using a pick.

The fastest way to start is to mark off the spot where the shelter should go. The usual applies: Make sure it is away from water source, structures which may collapse on the shelter or exits, away from gas line, fuel tanks, underground wiring or plumbing.

Start small and expand on the basic structure. Mark off and dig a six foot long trench. The deeper it is the more protection it offers and the more comfortable it will be for the residents. At one or both ends of the trench, mark off a ninety degree right angle turn. This will be the entrance/exit to the shelter. Gamma radiation cannot “bend corners” but only travels in a straight line thus the entrance points should be at a right angle.

Shore up the sides of the trench with lumber using two by fours and plywood. Put plastic sheeting on the floor to keep moisture out and then place plywood on top if a stable floor is desired.

At a depth of six or more feet, the top can be covered with plywood, but solid core doors from the house can be used as well. After the doors or lumber have been put on top, cover them with sheets of plastic to keep moisture out. Then cover with at least three feet of earth. The entrances can be covered as well after occupants have entered the shelter, but not neccessarily with dirt.

Shelter residents would block the entrances with bulky items such as preparedness supplies in buckets and totes, water barrels or other containers. A crack should be left for fresh air to enter the shelter which can be protected by placing a furnace filter or similar over the opening.

This type of trench shelter can theoretically be occupied as long as water and food holds out. Typically, the worse radiation is in the first twenty four hours after the last bomb has exploded. Shelter stay normally lasts for a few weeks afterwards, but have a way to measure radiation before leaving the safety of the shelter.

Brian's Paradise Valley shelter on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MdUD-oS ... _embedded#!

Brian, who just so happens to own and maintain a working bomb shelter with his family. Brian was kind enough to take us on a very thorough tour of the shelter that was built in the 80′s and stocked with food in order to help 300 people survive a nuclear attack. Despite being one of several shelters built at the same time, the one we visited in Paradise Valley is currently the only one being actively maintained.

For more information on how to build your own shelter, check with these resources:

Cresson Kerney’s authoritative website on nuclear war preparedness

K14U - A great site for nuclear preparedness and supplies.

A fallout shelter, in an emergency, does not have to cost several thousands of dollars or take years to prepare.

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Re: HowTo Build A Cheap Fallout Shelter

Postby MikeG » Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:47 am

I can smell the smoke from jims gears turning.
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Re: HowTo Build A Cheap Fallout Shelter

Postby wesurvive » Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:25 am

Very nice idea. Glad that was posted. I have been thinking of building a radiation shelter, even if would act as an all around disaster shelter and this sounds very easy to build with some manual labor. I once knew an engineer who designed underground shelters for the military and later he built tunnels through mountains, although I was just a teenager then who lived with him to help take care of him, I didn't dig him for information (Kicking myself). Now I wish I had. I might have to start going to rest homes to find other wonderful brains to pick. Anyway, this is a great start and easy to build for those like me who wants something fast till the rabbit hole gets built sometimes in the future.

Anyone know how to interrogate an Ant? haha Check this out, now this is a bomb shelter. If a bug can do this, I know we can.
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Re: HowTo Build A Cheap Fallout Shelter

Postby jpf1030 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:19 pm

Howdy WeSurvive,
Wow, that video is mind-boggling! Can you imagine the ant labyrinth scaled up to human size? It would be nearly a mile wide and quarter mile deep maze of tunnels and pod rooms! Then all that excavation would have to be hand carried to the surface in loads four times the carriers body weight. It would take a GPS map tracker to even find one's way through the place in the process. I will never quite again feel so smug as a human compared to a lowly ant.

Thanks for posting the video, WeSurvive. After watching this, it seems like hand-digging an econo fallout shelter trench would be far from notable! If you or I run across more on this, we can post it...jpf
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