Top tips to consider when building an underground bunker
In today’s unpredictable world where you can suffer from unexpected atomic blasts, you should always have a survival plan to keep you safe in such harsh times. One of the survival plans is building an underground bunker.
These are survival shelters built underground to protect you from harmful radiations caused by atomic blasts. This means that these shelters should be carefully built so as to serve this purpose. You can opt to build it on your own or hire professionals to do it. However, doing it yourself is much better as it saves you a lot of money. Having prior construction experience can be an added advantage when you chose to do it yourself.
To ensure you construct a safe bunker that meets your unique needs, please take your time to read the crucial construction tips that I have provided below…
1. The first thing you should put into consideration is the depth of your shelter. You should excavate a hole large enough to cater for you shelter space. Also leave 8 inches of earth above. When excavating the hole always be aware of all undergoing wiring and pipe network.
2. Mass protection- it is clear that radiation poisoning can only be prevented through mass. This means you should have a mass above your shelter roofing in order to be safe. Sine different materials can be used as mass, they should have different specifications as outlined below:- -Earth/dirt- 24 inches -Steel- 5 inches -Solid concrete- 16 inches -Water- 36 inches
3. The walls- you shelter should be surrounded with concrete blocks all over, leaving spaces for entrance. This improves your overall safety from radiations. The blocks should bear a thickness of 18 inches.
4. Door- the entrance door should be constructed using the thickest metal possible. However, if you don’t find such a metal, you can as well prepare a large slab of concrete and cover it with a thick steel sheet.
5. Air supply- an air filtration system for supplying fresh air to the shelter can be achieved by running a vent above the ground. This system also clears the gases of radiation particles. To further improve air supply, an air conditioner is recommended.
6. Water- to provide clean water to your bunker, you can store water in large tanks, e.g. rain water, which you will then supply into your shelter using pipes. This water MUST be purified before consumption. -Tip: Make use of solar distillation projects or iodine tanks for purification process.
7. Hygiene in your survival shelter cannot go unmentioned. This will be achieved through disposal of human waste as fast as possible. To do this, you need a pumping system to transport the waste to a disposal tank that is underground. -Tip: the tank should be large enough to service the shelter for a long time.
These are the most important safety tips you need to consider when bringing up a survival shelter that ensures you are safe from radiation poisoning and other effects caused by atomic bombs.