Any student of prophecy or terrorist activity will tell you that the threat of nuclear detonation within the boundaries of the United States is a very real possibility in the next few years.
The idea is to figure out exactly where in your yard or home basement to put your planned fallout shelter. If YOU think that somewhere, sometime soon there will be another bombing, possible larger, than you should consider making a shelter for you and your loved ones in or near your home. IMPORTANT THOUGHT Sources for actual designs of fallout shelters: FEMA, Association of Civil Defense, books, online plans, EBay, etc.
Current Federal government thought on community shelters are to instead replace their use with various forms and methods of CRISIS RELOCATION, or moving mass populations out of cities into rural areas, where there would be less loss of life, at least as direct result of nuclear detonations. These days, you can actually order a PREFABRICATED nuclear shelter, and have it delivered to your back yard, and even installed by contractors in a weekend. For EXCELLENT information that would assist you even further in FALLOUT SHELTER preparedness, read THESE pages available here in Civil Defense Now! Nuclear fallout shelters have been stigmatized as the ultimate prep for the paranoid and the butt of many jokes. The Cold War seemed to create a general misconception – that a nuclear incidents are not survivable. This doesn’t mean we should allow the continued proliferation of nuclear reactors and weapons unless we want to eventually move underground, but while we are busy demanding the end of nukes, we should also be educating ourselves about the necessary tools and techniques for surviving nuclear accidents and blasts.
While this seems crazy at first it actually makes sense because the number one thing that will hurt you in a nuclear disaster (after blast effects) is inhaling or ingesting radioactive material. Below is an illustration of a shelter I whipped up using information from the available sources as guides. The shelter I’ve drawn here could be expensive to build and truthfully, the whole neighborhood would know you built it due to the size of the hole.
People are frightened because they no virtually nothing about how to protect themselves against a nuclear threat. I respect your years of service to the nuclear industry and imagine you must have extensive experience with the topic.
The bottom line is that non-renewable energy like nuclear, oil, coal, natural gas, are killing us. I myself do not think a lot of the people building shelters and giving good information to others so they know how to protect their loved ones is so bad, I don’t have a shelter but am happy for those who do and I do not think the main concern is nuclear power plant fallout, I think it is probably nuclear bombs most people who build the shelters are thinking of. If Japan, the United States, or Europe retreats from nuclear power in the face of the current panic, the most likely alternative energy source is fossil fuel. My grandparents actually built a fallout shelter because it was part of the building code for the area in the 80s. The second is for the best radiation protection, the shelter should be at least 8 feet underground at the roof. My final thought of course is to bear in mind while this would make an excellent fallout shelter, it is by no means a blast shelter. The best blast shelters are made from either fiberglass or corrugated steel, and are designed to flex some under ground shock conditions. Well no one really knows how long would one need to stay in the shelter, could be 2 to 3 weeks or months on end or maybe a year or two maybe more who knows.
Through my own research over the past several years, I’ve found it extremely hard to find ANY up to date information on any *specific* shelter locations, that the public could use in a future radiological emergency.


Hell, the government has published NOTHING since 1990 that gave the average citizen ANY info about fallout shelters, potential nuclear targets in the US, or any related information. In this world of growing wars, growing terror networks, and an inefficient response organization who really wants to stop terrorists, but have so far failed to do so, preparing for this eventual incident in our future falls to each and every one of us to take action and gather the materials and information where ever we can, and know what we can do to take care of our families and ourselves, should nuclear terror come our way.
Poor shelters, which include about 20% of houses, are constructed of lightweight materials and lack basements.
If you are immediately next to or in a solid shelter when the bomb goes off, stay there until the rescuers come to evacuate you to less radioactive vistas.
But if the nice, thick-walled building would take about 15 minutes travel time, you can hole up in the flimsy shelter for a bit, but you should probably leave for better shelter before the timer hits 30 minutes. This report is concerned mostly with PERSONAL FALLOUT SHELTERS, but also covers other types of shelter.
Most fallout shelters have a masonry area covered at least by some earth to help slow down the path of gamma rays. If done this way, you can literally build a house or garage right on top of your BIG fallout shelter, and the stuff on the lower level will last for decades, while giving you many levels of protection from ANYTHING.The other idea that most intrigues me is a full blown earth sheltered home, buried in a southern facing hillside, with full off grid support systems, and very highly efficient in all system areas.
But now that we’ve all been reminded that nuclear accidents can happen, nobody is laughing anymore.
To make matters worse store shelves are currently bare as a result of the nuclear accident in Japan. This house would provide the most protection and is the recommended minimum thickness for an above ground concrete fallout shelter. To build an underground shelter like this would require some careful engineering and construction expertise – so please do not attempt to build a shelter solely from what you read here. These items, as well as the food and water, would need to be stocked and stored prior to a disaster so that the family could escape to the shelter as soon as a threat was detected.
The toilet end of the entryway would be as well shielded from radiation as the main shelter but would provide a little more privacy from the main shelter. So the air entering the shelter must be filtered to prevent fallout particles from being carried inside. In an actual emergency the likelihood of the electric grid going down is high; so this tiny shelter would need to be completely off-the-grid and powered by external solar panels or human power.
My intention is to help educate and help lessen the taboo on the topic of nuclear disaster preparedness. We have a choice to close nuclear power plants, we do not have a choice to have have no more earthquakes. The nuclear disaster’s impact will most certainly be felt for years as cancer deaths and other negative effects emerge over time.
They are also worried because in many countries there are nuclear reactors that were built a few decades ago and don’t have the high standard of safety that they ought to have.
Surviving the new reality that awaits for more than an hour would be a far bigger challenge than building a shelter. My grandparents had a chemical toilet standing in the corner of their shelter, with a shower-curtain around it. Utah Shelter Systems and Radius Engineering would be great examples of blast shelter manufacturers. You need water, food, air purifire, power, books, so on, and would one go mental living in a combined space or sharing with someone else, would you start to hate each other after a time couped up with each other, and for keeping one clean having a wash, i spent one week in the bush without having a wash, i tell ya I stunk, and you need the water to do that, I am not putting shelters down in anyway I would love to have one, The cost to build one is not in everyones pockets, this is just something to think about.


If you just happen to have a fallout shelter yourself, and would consider helping her with this project, please do. Small towns across America still have these most highly visible, and recent trips thru such states as Utah and other conservative states displayed these old fallout shelter signs on many street corners.These community shelters can be, and sometimes are, used for other kinds of disasters, such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, chemical spills, and the like.
My hope is that nuclear preparedness becomes a topic we’re more comfortable talking about again.
Here are some examples of small buildings I’ve some across in the past that would make decent fallout shelters. The sole fatal nuclear power accident of the last 40 years, Chernobyl, directly killed 31 people. Include board games, books or magazines and dynamo-operated flashlights in the inventory of the shelter. You’re probably thinking more about your friends, loved ones and the rest of your community outside the shelter who are more than likely dead.
Costs on these shelters can run from $6000 up to $50,000 and more, if EVERY option is ordered.There are also a couple of prefab plastic, fiberglass, or steel shelters that are primarily storm shelters, but in a real fallout situation, would be much better than open ground. Call it anything but a shelter when asked, such as a root cellar, wine cellar, tornado shelter, a cistern for water storage, or many other things.
I’d hate to see us succumb to fear mongering and instead educate ourselves, prepare for the possibility, and work toward eliminating nuclear power and weapons. Both entrances would provide a space for washing-off contamination before entering the shelter. Your best choice for shelter these days, if money, low visibility, and multiple use are considered high priority, is to build your own shelter, on your own land. There are many things to be considered, however, if you REALLY want to build a fallout shelter. Details like actual radiation exposure, claustrophobia, amount of damage, blast waves, food and water, sanitation, and fresh air ALL must be considered in the ACTUAL USE of a fallout shelter.
This report seems to be one of the LAST full blown reports, however, in the area of shelters.
The printing date of 1987 makes the report seem dated, but understand that little has occurred in nuclear weapon progress that would make data on shelter obsolete since this time frame.Now, regarding the specifics of a personal shelter, if you think times and political climates truly require YOU to build one, then you have many alternatives. In the past couple of years, several NEW options have appeared on the horizon for potential shelter customers. There have always been BUILD IT YOURSELF shelters around, dug into the backyard, built into the corner of the basement, or planned into the creation of a brand new home from the beginning. This could be a very useful way to blend in your shelter while making access to it very quick and easy in emergencies. I have also seen plans where the shelter was used as an underground maintenance room for a swimming pool, with water pump, filters, and heating equipment for the pool all in the underground room.




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