Disasters today have caught the attention of millions of viewers throughout the world. International news channels have made it possible for everyone to view what is happening all over the world. It is not hard to imagine that the next place that would be hit by a severe natural calamity could be your area. Disaster preparedness kits like food, water storage and emergency first-aid kits are helpful, but to ensure your survival, the best preparation is to have a fully equipped survival shelter built under your home. Consider it a safe house under your house.
What makes a good shelter?
It should be underground. An underground shelter is safer that one built on ground level or higher. Having it underground makes it less vulnerable to a nuclear plant leak, a radiation blast, strong winds and harsh weather conditions. You need good walls. Good walls should be designed and made with poured concrete with high quality steel reinforcements. The doors should be able to resist leaks. A good door should have thick steel that would be hard to penetrate. A good shelter must also have good ventilation and air conditioning. It should be able to circulate the air inside so it would not be too hot or too cold for the occupants as well as filtering air from outside the shelter.
What should be inside your shelter?
When disaster hits a certain site, it would take days to clear out debris and find survivors. It is best to stock basic necessities in your survival shelter including food, water, medicine, potassium chloride to avoid thyroid gland poisoning due to radioactivity, blankets, extra clothes, communication devices and a small portable toilet if your shelter does not come with one. It would also be wise to keep copies of important documents inside, just in case your house and everything in it gets obliterated. Keeping a generator inside would be useful if the power gets cut off. This is optional, but if you have little children who can’t understand what is happening around them, you could also place a few entertaining activities in the shelter for them like storybooks, toys, paper and crayons. Remember, you also need to feel comfortable while you are waiting safely inside your shelter. You can also install a surveillance system outdoors that is linked to a control system inside your shelter so you can monitor the area outside – see if it is safe or not. It is optional, but very helpful if installed.
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