We were also lucky enough to experience the true Alaskan wilderness, joining Craig and Don on their respective journeys from Fairbanks and Juneau to their bug-out-location, a 12-foot diameter dome they have constructed 200 miles from civilization where we lived for three nights.
The cacophony of snoring that occurred nightly in the dome, which, thanks to the acoustics created by its “cozy” shape and metallic nature, created an admittedly impressive and yet nightmarish orchestral effect, too powerful for even the best earplugs and a hefty dose of Nyquil. Not being able to go to the “ladies room” without taking my “bathroom buddy” with me (a .45). The special challenge of directing, and just moving around, while wearing every single article of clothing in my pack all at once, as well as every spare layer of clothing to be found amongst or thoughtfully donated to me by my crew. Sleeping, waking, eating, living in a 12-foot windowless metal shell hundreds of miles from civilization, with ten men who love to prank the boss and, god-bless-‘em, know no boundaries.
Tonight on Doomsday Preppers: Pain is Good, Meet Craig, a proud Alaskan living in the woods of Fairbanks fearing the collapse of the American economy.
If you really want to experience the ultimate prepping scenario and in Alaska send me an email. Glad to read this entry ~ I often wonder about the film crew on survival and the Doomsday shows ~ where are you when that boats going crazy down the river or that bear nonchalantly walks into the picture? Looks fun and can be paddled if you run out of gas or it breaks down but it is a Honda so it will probably out last your gas supply if you can’t replenish it.
Dean Dye looks over a storm shelter in a home destroyed by the May 20 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma's tornado safety guide recommends going into an enclosed basement or underground shelter if a tornado is imminent. But many suburban homes built in so-called Tornado Alley don't have basements due to rocky soil conditions and high water tables, which often make building basements impossible. On Wednesday, the mayor of Moore, Oklahoma (map)a€”the hardest-hit town in this week's storma€”announced that he was planning to propose an ordinance that would modify building codes and require all new homes built in the town to have either a reinforced storm shelter or safe room installed.
A storm shelter is a structure designed to protect people from tornado-strength winds and flying debris. Underground shelter: It's an updated version of what you might remember from the movie The Wizard of Oz. Part of the house: Depending on the water table in your neighborhood, it might not be possible to build an underground shelter where you live.
Prebuilt shelter: Homeowners can also purchase a prebuilt structure to install inside an existing home.
FEMA estimates that the cost for a steel-reinforced 8-by-8-foot room is between $6,600 and $8,700.


Many local municipalities in Oklahoma have applied for federal rebate money to offset the costs of building shelters.
If you do build a home storm shelter, it's important to make sure the product has been tested and approved for use during tornadoes. Tanner and team test aboveground shelters as well as doors created for belowground shelters.
Tanner says it's better to build a safe room in a closet or interior area rather than designing a completely tornado-proof home. Both FEMA and Texas Tech recommend outfitting a safe room with a flashlight, a first-aid kit, an emergency radio, batteries, basic tools, blankets, some water, and dry food.
Tannera€”who is planning to install a storm shelter in his own homea€”says it's extremely important to have a plan for shelter in the event of a tornado warning. And still, Alaska took my breath away and put me at a loss for words – the latter, truly a rarity. It’s commonplace to those who live in Alaska, but a rare and lucky treat for those of us from “the States” to walk where no one has ever walked before. I’ve come to understand that this may be the only time I will ever have belly strip in my life – it’s so good that most fisherman keep it for themselves.
He’s secretly built a bug out dome, designed by friend and Prepping Partner Don, 100 miles away in the feral Alaskan wilderness. Folks interested in Alaska as a setting for an end of the world scenario will enjoy the novel. An interior room or closeta€”often recommended for those without basementsa€”may not be effective when extreme winds or debris strike.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also encourages homeowners in tornado-prone regions to build safe rooms. Underground storm shelters, made from reinforced steel or concrete, are prebuilt structures that are installed underground in a yard or underneath a garage. In 2012, Oklahoma launched a program called SoonerSafe, which can give homeowners up to 75 percent of the cost of building a safe rooma€”as much as $2,000.
Though FEMA issues guidelines for storm structures, the agency does not approve storm structures or the material used to construct them. In a different room, a tornado vortex simulation mimics wind speeds of up to 250 miles per hour (402 kilometers per hour). He suggests that homeowners put storm shelters in a hall closet or laundry room on the first floor of their homes.


Homeowners in some locations, like Oklahoma City, can also register their storm shelter with first responders, who will then know to check the structures after a tornado. It was hard to put the camera down, or to feel satisfied that you could do the beauty of Alaska any justice, no matter how many beautiful images you captured, with eye-candy galore everywhere you turned. It’s that remote, that untouched, and really hard to comprehend without having been there – but this fact which Craig shared with me, may help put it in perspective: if the population density in New York City was the same as Alaska, there would be a total of 15 people living in NYC. Luckily for us, Don is both a great fisherman and one of the most giving people I have ever met – he wanted nothing more than for us to fully experience and fall in love with his home.
They're slightly different from a basement: Both the walls and ceilings are made from reinforced material.
Instead, most of the testing in the United States is conducted at the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He also recommends installing a shelter in homes with partially aboveground basements, which are common in Texas and Oklahoma.
Then we follow David, a new age spiritual prepper from Hawaii who fears a catastrophic tsunami will strike Hawaii.  He plans to bug out to the top of a mountain with his girlfriend.
This culture of people who have moved here saying they are Alaskans and not really getting what being an Alaskan is. Underground storm shelters are resistant to extreme winds and debris, but might not be accessible during a storm (it might be dangerous to leave the house and go outside). The structure is often made using reinforced concrete or wood and steela€”and can double as a closet or storage room. Last year, 16,000 people applied for the funds and 500 were awarded grants through a lottery. It’s not shooting the most game and trying to impress everyone with your wannabe outdoor skills.
It should be self-contained and anchored to a home's foundation to resist overturning or lifting up during windy conditions. If you want to see real outdoorsmen go visit the kids in the outlying village areas who have to use a chainsaw in the winter to cut ice for drinking water etc. I understand this is for TV but it encourages the social misfits and morons to move here and destroy the real spirit of Alaska.



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