There is a series of recent news reports about a group of folks selling slots in an underground shelter city or at least village somewhere in the desert. While I think that this is just another scam based around the 2012 end of the world theory I thought that I might write a post on what is available out there for the do it your selfer.
What I found in large numbers are site purporting to have plans you can build or have built that will protect you in the event of a nuclear war. I guess they assume you won’t be suffering any direct hits…
The first site is: http://www.undergroundbombshelter.com/ is a fairly calm site compared to some and does take the time to give you some basic understanding of the issues that need to be addressed.
There are many examples of both this type of site and of the other more sensational kind. An example of this type is: http://www.alpinesurvival.com/nuclear_bomb_shelters.html
This site is much more scary and really tries to get you convinced that you need to spend serious money to protect yourself and your family from what they see as impending disaster. They so have a nice set of 3D mock up of shelters. However these examples seem a little unrealistic due to lack of storage for what I would think of as needed supplies.
Now what I think would be really able to make this type of a solution work is a planned town with a small sealed nuclear reactor that would allow the installation to be able to heat, light, cook, reprocess water and all of the other things an underground living space needs. There are small reactors coming to a neighborhood near you within five years say England’s Guardian newspaper: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/09/miniature-nuclear-reactors-los-alamos
In any event I am not planning on building or buying in to one of these anytime soon. Not because I believe that the world is not at risk for any of the disasters mentioned but rather because I don’t think that any of these actually represents a reasonable solution or presents more than a very temporary solution to our survival problem.
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