A Word About Underground Bunkers

Some of you may already be familiar with people who have underground bunkers like the ones featured on this show (Discovery Channel’s Doomsday Bunkers):

For those of you who did watch, here’s some things they talk about:

– Never tell anyone where your bunker is.
– Make it in a place where it is safe.

There’s only more than a few problems with their approach.

1) Your bunker will never remain a secret. This has been confirmed true by the man in Florida who had his generator stolen in one of the episodes. To move the supplies and equipment required to build or install an underground bunker, you will open up access roads etc. Your “secret” underground bunker will be ransacked before anything close to an “end of the world” scenario begins to happen. Your bunker is one drunken night away from being public knowledge. Before you know it, every kid in your kid’s school will know about it.

2) If the bunker is safe from everyone else (i.e. far away), it is also safe from you. Yes, safe from you, not for you. In any given disaster, you need to realize that the first thing that ever happens is that the roads will get jammed up. This is especially true when the event affects the entire country and is not just a locally affecting disaster. You need to have that bunker near you, and you need to be near that bunker. If the place you reside in is not safe territory, it is time to rethink the location of your residence.

Other flaws in the designs include but are not limited to:

1) Lack of situational awareness. There is a distinct lack of periscopes or other tools that help with telling what is going on around the bunker without actually opening it up.

2) Lack of a tunnel network. Your underground bunker needs a tunnel network or else if the situation does not go as desired, it becomes a death trap.

3) A 6 month’s supply is not enough. You need to be able to live off the land (mostly by farming and raising animals) or you’re just delaying death.

4) Some tools are woefully inadequate. Like the NBC filter which was featured on one of the episodes. That might fly for an armored vehicle operating for a few hours before moving to an uncontaminated area, but for a bunker that will stay in the same place for months on end, the small filter is not likely to last 24 hours.

5) A bunker made of nothing but steel is vulnerable. All it takes is a few people with shovels to dig, then pour gasoline and firewood and light it up. Then everyone in the bunker will either have to bake to death or open the hatch and eat lead.

CONCLUSION

Some things to keep note of:
1) People will know your plans and capabilities.
2) Your bunker is highly unlikely to ever see action in the way you intended it.
3) The bunker is not the protection. Use terrain and distance for protection.
4) The guys who made the show don’t know what they’re talking about.

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