Before You Build Your Fallout Bunker

Man ready to build his fallout bunker

Early this year, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists read the Doomsday Clock as merely two and a half minutes away from midnight – the closest it has been since 1953.  While news like these does not really unnerve you, you don’t ignore them either.

So before The Clock strikes Armageddon, prepared or not, you believe everyone must prepare.  And the best preparation for you would be a building a fallout shelter.

However, before you start digging in your backyard, here are basic things you must consider.

Viability of Construction Materials

It’s good that you have an unused tract of land or a big enough backyard for your project.  However, you also have to plan the materials you will need in the construction.  Underground shelter designs include packed dirt, wood, concrete, and metals like steel or lead.

You can shop them in the usual hardware stores, but you can also find them in specialized ones.  And while the Internet is still up and working, take advantage and find plates, tubes, steel sheets for sale, and other materials online.

Site or Location

Study the surrounding area of your future shelter.  From your immediate vicinity, radiate toward the general area of your location.  Map out all the roads and highways, and the natural barriers and land-forms of your state (e.g., Utah’s geography is bound by all mountain states except Montana).

Research on Traditional and Non-Traditional Horticulture

After your supply of canned goods runs out, your survival in the post-apocalyptic world would depend on your ability to grow your food.  Study how to grow potato, corn or whatever food you wish on a plot of land.  There’s even a modern technique in gardening that grows crops without soil, water and sunlight, and it’s called aeroponics.

Water Containment and Purification

Alas! Cola is still a work of fiction.  Your shelter must still have provisions for the collection, storage, and purification of safe drinking water.

Air filtration system

Air equals life, and you can determine the success of your project by how long you and other occupants can freely breathe while inside your bunker.

Now go, find your shovel.