This a debate that has raged on since the creation of nuclear weapons. It is a hot topic yet again as international tensions heightened considerably in 2017, with North Korea’s regular weapons testing and Donald Trump’s tweets seemingly not helping matters. There has been a steep rise in those wealthy enough purchasing luxury nuclear bunkers, built to sustain the underground for years. Will they survive? And is there anything worth surviving for? If you are of the persuasion that with a bit of planning and building, it is possible to survive and thrive after nuclear war has scorched the earth, or you at least want to try to survive it, carry on reading…
You don’t have to have millions to build a bunker of your own. Basically, the golden rule with effective bunkers is the deeper the better in order to put as much distance as possible between yourself and the fallout, as fallout is the main danger. The other things you need if you plan on being underground for a long period of time is a good air filtration system and a supply of clean fresh water. The easiest and cheapest thing to do is to modify your own home rather than building a brand-new shelter. You can use your current home as some protection already and dig below it to create your shelter.
Think about storage – there will be limited room in your shelter, and you will need a store of food and water, as well as a basic toilet. Beds with storage underneath are a great idea for saving space. Make sure that the food that you store is non-perishable, tinned food is the best option to stockpile. Consider how many people will be in your shelter, and what the ages of the people are. It is nice to have a few things that you like down there, memories (like photographs) and games for children to play (they won’t be able to run around outdoors!) – things that are both useful and invoke a feeling of home are great – personalised lap trays such as these https://personalisedlaptrays.co.uk/collections/lap-trays are ideal, as they can be used for food (no such luxury as a dining table in a bunker!) and also for board games and jigsaw puzzles.
To research this further, there are plenty of guides to building your own bunker – this one is a good starting point http://survival-mastery.com/diy/construct/how-to-build-a-bomb-shelter.html – hopefully you will never have to use it, but to fail to prepare is to prepare to fail!