Thursday, August 9, 2012

Nuclear War Shelters

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Spartan and I have been talking about shelters designed for nuclear war, lately. I did some research for him, really just found some websites.

Here's my letter to him

Dear Spartan,

Below are some resources about various shelters. I tried to concentrate on metal shelters for you. It should keep you busy for a few hours.

Fallout Shelters Plans & Nuclear Civil Defense FAQ

Mini Blast & Fallout Shelter

Utah Shelter Systems

Ark 2 Photos of Construction & Info

The Granddaddy of all Underground Storage Areas

I tried to find the webpage, but it's gone.

The return of home emergency shelters takes on a dual-purpose approach

An article from Backwoods Home magazine. It has some websites at the bottom of the article.

Metal Shelters

This one is a bunch of links. I looked at a few; they seem to be relevant to what you're looking for.

Underground and Basement Shelters

This link covers the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine Design from the 80's. They were a big advocate of a national shelter building campaign during the 80s, in a book called "Fighting Chance" I have a copy of the plans.

In my research, this is the best design.


It has two huge entrances, one at each end, to allow for easy ventilation. The entrances also have a 90 degree angle that reduces the amount of (I think it's called) background or sky scattered radiation. Plus, this design allows the tank to be buried at least ten feet underground for a (I think) 10,000 protection factor. so 10,000 rads per hour above ground = 1 rad per hour in the shelter.

Needless to say, a culvert would work, but ... We can talk about that on the phone.

Nuclear Survival

Just in case you haven't seen this information before. It's a link to FEMA-196 Sep' 90. It shows the strategic nuclear attack targets for these United States. If you scroll down, just a little, you can click on your state to find the potential targets for that state.

Nomograph Information

Lastly, a group, in a shelter, have to know when it's safe to leave the shelter. This page explains how to figure it out.

Peace, Someone You Know

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