Having to decide to build your own underground survival shelter could cost you a lot of money. Yet just like most preppers it is best to be prepared for the worst. Hoping for the best almost always goes along with it. Whether it is a standard panic room or just a separate shelter, at least when SHTF you have a place to bug out to.
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Assuming the day comes that you really have no choice but to dig in, do you think you have all that you need for your underground survival shelter? If you are unsure about it, then this could be the article for you. This article will give you a checklist whether or not there are still things that you have to do. So let’s start off with the first one…
Assuming that you already have an underground survival shelter, do you have enough space for more than just one person? How about space for storing enough supplies such as food, water and fuel just to name a few? How about space for recreation? The space that you will need will depend on how long you anticipate on staying underground in case SHTF.
2. Air System
They say that a shelter is as good as its air filtration system. Bringing in air from the outside into the shelter is one thing but filtering it out for different uses is another. Blast valves, positive pressure and overpressure valves and snorkel lines are just some of the things that are vital parts of that system. It should also have a manual or battery back-up in case your regular power supply quits out on you.
3. Power Supply
You will have to have a direct source in order to power up your lights, air filtering system, water system, heating and a whole lot more. If ever the direct source of power is out then you will need back up power. A generator is most likely but, you will need sufficient amount of fuel to last at least 6 months. This requires an exhaust pipe that that should be far from prying eyes.
4. Water Supply
This is one of the most important. You must decide whether to have an underground aquifer or stock up on gallons of treated water. If you choose the latter it will require a lot of storage space. Remember that you will need water not just for drinking. Bathing, washing your dishes are but a few uses for water. Store up to 2 gallons per day per person.
5. Sewage & Drainage System
This is the most important feature to date. Poor hygiene and sewage removal is the fastest way to get sick. Proper installation of a sewage and septic system next to the bunker will surely give you a healthy and longer stay. Don’t forget to store up on toilet paper to save up on water.
6. Food Supply
I always presume that this is always the first thing that comes to mind. Make sure that it is of high-calorie food that can last a long time. Some supplies that you cannot do without are MRE’s, Rice, oatmeal, cereals, canned soups and sealed jerked meat stuff as they have a very long shelf life. Vitamins and medicines are also a must for storage.
Always prepare for the worst as there are those that haven’t prepared for the worst like you did. So always assume that there are those who want to take and have what you have. You will need enough weapons and ammo as well as melee weapons for every type of self-defense scenario. Well hidden security cameras in and around your entrance and exit location is also a must.
8. Communication Systems
You will have to know whether or not it is safe to come out. The supplies that you need to consider are a ham radio, a CB radio, FRS walkie-talkies and a scanner radio. These are good since you are able to communicate two ways. An AM/FM radio is for keeping yourself updated on current events.
9. Things To Keep You Busy
Cabin fever is your worst enemy if you plan on staying confined in your underground shelter for a long time. If you’re in a group it may take a while but it almost always creeps up on someone. If it’s still not safe to go out then this could really be a problem. Board games, a deck of cards, books, a bible, gaming consoles, a table tennis and other indoor sports that don’t take up a lot of space can help you a lot by getting rid of boredom.
10. Emergency Escape System
You will have to think this through in the event that you need to bug out due to a direct threat or whichever case that presents itself. Having only one entrance and exit point is not advisable at all. If your attackers know your main entrance then they just have to wait for you to come out. If they have something to get through your fortified entrance then it will be only a matter of time before they get to you.
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These are just some of the basic ideas that you need for your underground survival shelter. The consumable stocks will depend on the duration of your stay. I’m sure you will come up with tons of ideas but make sure that they are the essentials. If you have the money for it, then make it as cozy for you as possible having an indoor pool is not farfetched, do you think? As hard as it may already be staying underground for only to realize that you forgot the one thing that you needed most. When that happens then there’s no turning back.
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