1960's Nuclear BunkersWhile 1960s parents were serious about their anti-nuke bunkers, many Baby Boomers fondly remember playing in their parents' fallout shelters. They were built in split level crawl spaces or Midwest tornado shelters, and few of them were comfortable enough to live in for more than a day or two. One typical plan from that era, according to Wardomatic, recommends a room about the size of a small bedroom that somehow includes cooking, eating, sleeping, and recreational spaces. Today's emergency preppers are smarter and more realistic when it comes to planning shelter for weeks and months on end. Spacious and well-stocked, today's emergency bunker can be as comfortable as the family home.


Pool Your Resources

At least one company is planning to build a series of elaborate underground bunkers in case of worldwide catastrophe, each of which will hold up to 200 people. They include sleeping, eating, and recreational areas, multiple levels in a silo configuration, plenty of private spaces and diversity of design to fight off boredom and self-contained power supplies. The company claims it can sustain the residents in each bunker for up to 1 year, according to Phys.org. For families with the money to opt in, it's an attractive option if one of these shelters appears within driving distance of their home.

Your Second Home

No more huddling in a small room with everything cramped into the corners. Today's bunker can be as elaborate as a modern apartment or home, with elaborate safety and security details. Commercial businesses exist that will install a true underground second home for you, including multiple bedrooms, enough storage space to plan for a year or more, hidden escape tunnels, second apartments hidden behind the first one, security rooms for weapons, and more. They have their own air filtration systems, power supplies, and methods for water handling. While they may be expensive compared to the bunkers of old, these shelters are meant to house groups comfortably through the longest civil unrest or natural disaster, as RisingSBunkers.com explains.

It's the Little Things

In case of emergency or natural disaster, you may be in your shelter for hours or weeks, depending on the situation outside. A deck of cards is always fine entertainment for the short term, but Euchre or poker is going to get boring after the second week. Modern, hi-tech tools can make your stay more enjoyable.

Keep in touch with the outside world through satellite phones. They don't rely on cell towers or underground cables, so they're much more likely to stay in operation no matter what the situation is. The news from the outside world can be valuable information, and a phone is the simplest way to find it. Some satellite phones can even be turned into WiFi hotspots, Roadpost.com explains, adding an entertainment factor to your bunker as well as an alternate form of communication. If you've got bored kids underground, access to streaming kids' television shows can be a lifesaver, even if it does use some battery power.

- Andy Giardo

Andy writes about amateur woodworking, welding and other DIY projects. He likes to create his own equipment for himself, and enjoys sharing his tips and knowledge to the prepping community.

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