Below we have a guest post from Vic Rantala at SafeCastle. Check them out here…
Saferooms and Shelters – Is Your Home Really Your Castle?
Do you believe that bunkers and fallout shelters are an almost forgotten relic of the Cold War days? I for one know that not to be true. Most of those who promote that view live in high-rise buildings and rarely come down to mingle with people who are better grounded in day-to-day living.
Given the increasing risk profile we are all assuming in a world growing ever more dangerous, it shouldn’t surprise you that people have been buying shelters pretty steadily for over 20 years. The fact is, crisis preparedness has become a huge trend in the 21st century … and bunkers, shelters, and saferooms are the ultimate in preparedness, delivering unparalleled protection and peace of mind.
Storm shelters are the most popular type of shelter. These shelters originated the Gulf of Mexico along the southern East Coast, in addition to the midsection of the US are where storm shelters are primarily installed. These shelters can be below ground if you aren’t in an area without flood risks. Shelters can be placed above ground too. However, they must be anchored in concrete. Storm shelters should be engineered to withstand high winds and debris.
Fallout or NBC shelters appeal to customers who are concerned about threats beyond weather and want to protect their loved ones the best way they can. These were used as a public civil defense program in the US— but that fell to budget cutting and dreamers long ago. NBC stands for nuclear, biological, chemical, which are the primary threats that people would try to shield themselves from. These threats could include criminal aggression and major storms. NBC shelters are almost always going to be underground because it is the most cost effective way to provide shelter, especially in a radiation infested environment.
Saferooms are typically smaller shelters and are built into existing homes or structures. These are used to shield from criminal entry and for keeping valuables safe. If these are built properly, they can also provide storm protection, and if sealed tight and equipped with positive-pressure air filtration, can protect from chemical and biological threats.
There are some well-qualified shelter builders in the USA and many options for a shelter shopper. But also a word of warning—there are possibly more unqualified contractors who will sell you a shoddy facsimile of a shelter given the chance. I have taken far too many calls for help from people who tried cut-rate shelter solutions—some from local contractors who put together a quick, cheap shelter and then disappear after making some easy cash, to those who think a shipping container is actually going to provide protection. The bottom line is, if you are going to install a shelter and expect it to be there to save your life when you are actually at risk, then do your due diligence. No need to overpay for top-of-the-line glitzy shelters, but do not try to cut corners either. Shelters, by necessity, have to be some of the strongest built structures around. The shelter business is about life and death. Make sure that whatever builder you go with has a proven track record and that their structural engineers are certified in your state.
PREP NOW – PREP HARD