Sunday, May 27, 2018 by Zoey Sky
If you want to become a prepper, you need to get complacency out of your system.
While the thought of setting up a bomb shelter is overwhelming, with research and careful planning, you can build one yourself.
Don’t let fictional portrayals of preppers fool you. A real-life prepper is not a paranoid shut-in but someone who looks out for themselves and the people that they care about by getting ready for various survival scenarios. (h/t to Survivopedia.com)
Based on location, the target of a nuclear blast will often be affected by nuclear fallout while the area affected by the blast wave and heat is considerably smaller. Most DIY shelters are fallout shelters since they can’t withstand the overpressure of the blast wave.
Meanwhile, blast shelters tend to be commercially engineered and manufactured.
Bomb shelters are necessary because we may not always get a warning in the event of a nuclear attack. At most, citizens may have five minutes to one hour of warning if the attack comes in the form of missiles and bombers.
Before you decide where to locate or build a bomb shelter, think of these two factors:
Fallout particles look like dust or ash, and it can travel by air during a nuclear strike. The particles will be made up of fission products, weapon debris, and, if a ground burst occurs, radiated soil.
Fallout particles may vary in size, from thousandths of a millimeter to several millimeters and the wind may carry them and then settle back to earth. It can gather on any exposed surfaces.
Remember that the distance between you and the fallout will offer a degree of protection. Shielding will also determine how much protection your shelter can offer.
Materials like bricks, poured concrete, or stone are better than wood or sheetrock. If you’re in a structure with a basement, stick to a wall protected by earth from floor to ceiling.
Since you may not always get a warning before a nuclear strike, the best course of action is to construct a permanent shelter. This is more efficient than scrambling to build a shelter on short notice.
You will need the following shielding materials for a permanent bomb shelter:
Here are several bomb shelter options:
Keep these tips in mind so you can start preparing for a possible nuclear blast and the ensuing fallout as early as possible.
Check out other articles with tips on how to build a DIY bomb shelter at Disaster.news.