Bomb shelters sometimes called fallout shelters are underground structures that protect people from hostile attacks, explosions and air raids. They were also designed to protect the occupants from radioactive debris, as well as gamma rays emitted by them. These bomb shelters were commonly seen during World War 2, but since then many people have built their own bomb shelters within their area even under their homes for personal use.
Below are some tips to help you when buying and building your own shelter.
-For added protection and security, locate the shelter as far below ground level as possible. This way, you will be more protected from radiation and flying debris. Furthermore ensure that your shelter is kept away from any flammable materials.
-Unless you want to be overwhelmed or even trampled over by a mob when disaster hits, keep your structure concealed and your project private! When choosing a company to build your shelter, make sure they keep the deal strictly confidential.
-Bomb shelter construction materials can be any of the following: Cement blocks, poured concrete, wood, steel or a combination of these materials. Shelter manufacturers should be able to tell you the advantages and disadvantages of each type. They will plan your shelter according to your specifications and offer you advice to guarantee that you pick the most suitable material.
-Prices for bomb shelters vary depending on different factors that include size and material. Wood-framed shelters are a lot cheaper than cement block-framed ones. It would be very easy to construct a wood-framed shelter. However it is quite a different story for cement block-framed shelters. They are considerably more expensive and you would probably have to call in a professional for this particular type of construction. However, there are a number of benefits to having a block-framed shelter. They are considerably more solid and consequently harder to penetrate should they be hit.
-Escape shafts should be made of reinforced steel doors and should be airtight and lockable. It is also possible to place blast-proof escape chimney exits leading up. It is always good to install more than one point of entry within your shelter in case one door gets obstructed from outside.
Bomb shelters ensure your survival for hours, days or even weeks. With good ventilation and sufficient food, water and emergency medical kits, it should ensure your safety for a long time. It would be smart to invest in a bomb shelter as it will give you peace of mind should you ever be confronted with an extreme situation such as a natural disaster.