How to build a survival bunker

Written by diane majors
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How to build a survival bunker
A survival bunker could be useful in a natural disaster such as a tornado or hurricane. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

As our society is increasingly threatened by political uncertainties and extreme climate change, building a survival bunker is an excellent way to ensure long-term safety. Survival bunkers are most commonly built underground and are equipped to withstand a number of threats such as natural disasters and weapons of mass destruction. Many people choose to build these survival shelters to protect themselves from aggressive storms and man-made catastrophes such as nuclear fallout.

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Things you need

  • Safe location
  • Blueprints/design plans
  • Building materials
  • Water
  • Food
  • Medical kits
  • Firelighters
  • Flashlights
  • Wood
  • Extra clothes
  • Radio

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  1. 1

    Determine what the budget and the intended functions of the bunker are. Make sure you have enough money to fund the project and decide how big the bunker will be, how many people it can accommodate and what type of disasters from which it will offer protection.

  2. 2

    Choose an appropriate location where the survival bunker will be built. It is imperative that the ground is dry and should drain adequately. The selected site should be flat without debris and be relatively close to electrical lines, a water supply and ventilation access. Ideal locations are at an incline in a hill and preferably above water levels.

  3. 3

    Prepare the designs and plans of the survival bunker. While it is impossible to protect from every hazard, it is important to have a thorough and balanced concept of the shelter in order to maximise its effectiveness in protecting from as many disasters as possible. Also, make sure that your designs have no major flaws or weak spots, as this could prove to be fatal in disaster scenarios.

  4. 4

    Gather all the necessary tools, equipment and building materials for your project. Begin building your survival bunker. Be prepared that the construction process might be long and arduous depending on your previous design requirements.

  5. 5

    Stock your survival bunker with essential supplies such as water, food and medical kits. Make sure to have a stock of firelighters, flashlights, wood and extra clothes. It is also important to ensure that you have a communication device, preferably a radio, in order to be able to contact other survivors or emergency personnel.

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