Author Archives: Dave F

Breathe Easy – This Gas Mask Has You Covered

Gas Mask

We recently were able to take the SGE 400 Gas Mask for a spin, and it’s a must in my book to add to your shelter or your Bug out Bag. The best news, you can order this thing on Amazon prime. It has a 5 star rating with over 30 customer reviews so you know you are getting a ... Read More »

Long Term Food Storage

The well-prepared individual may have several different caches of food: a lightweight, short-term kit for the bug-out bag, and another, longer-term solution for the bomb shelter. Stocking your shelter with a solid long-term cache of food is one of the first steps to being truly prepared for the unthinkable. Though “long term” is relative, you should plan to stock a ... Read More »

Defending the Shelter: Ways to Protect What You’ve Built

As if it isn’t enough to have to consider all of the nasty possibilities that may necessitate a retreat to your shelter, in the interest of being fully prepared it’s also important to have a defensive plan in place. Whether the reason for your retreat is a severe storm or complete societal collapse, desperation may bring out the worst in ... Read More »

A Sample Budget for a Two-Week Stay

This is a sample stock list of the food, water, medical, and miscellaneous supplies needed to support a family of 4 in a bomb shelter for a 2-week stay. Sample prices are based on big-box store prices as of Fall 2014. This list does not include special incidentals that will vary from family to family such as prescription medications, baby ... Read More »

Batten Down the Hatches: How Long Should You Stay in Your Shelter?

Consider this: the unthinkable has happened, and a nuclear attack has made it necessary for you to enter your underground bomb shelter. You’re prepared with plenty of water and food stores, you’ve got adequate ventilation and a plan for waste disposal. You’re set. But how long do you have to stay? The duration of your stay in your shelter is ... Read More »

Water Storage Essentials

After building a well-ventilated shelter, storing plenty of fresh water is the most important thing you can do to increase your chances of survival during a nuclear crisis. A healthy human body can survive for 2 weeks or longer without food, but only a few days without water is enough to kill. The rule of thumb for water storage is ... Read More »

First Aid Essentials

The first aid kit you assemble for your bomb shelter should have a generous supply of general-use items, as well as supplies specific to medical needs that may arise during a nuclear attack. The first aid kit that you keep in your shelter should not replace a secondary kit that can be easily taken with you should the need to ... Read More »

The Nuclear Emergency Kit: A Shelter Must-Have

At this point, let’s assume that your shelter has been built and stocked with the most basic emergency essentials. This includes food and water storage, a first aid kit, and miscellaneous items such as blankets, flashlights with batteries, and a radio. Now, considering the possibility that the emergency will be nuclear in nature, one of the best ways to take ... Read More »

Bomb Shelter Essentials: What to Consider Before You Build

To reach this point you have made several key decisions: you’ve decided to build your own underground bomb shelter rather than purchase a prefabricated kit or hire a contractor, and you’ve decided on the best location on your property. One of the most important next steps in the planning stage is to decide on the specifics of a few bomb ... Read More »

Location, Location, Location: Where to Build Your Bomb Shelter

Whether you’ve chosen to purchase a prefabricated bomb shelter, to hire a contractor, or to simply build it yourself, it is necessary to put some thought and research into the final location. The location you choose for your bomb shelter should be one which gives you the greatest protection possible. In choosing the optimal place to build, you will need ... Read More »