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How to Build an Emergency Shelter for Your Family

Many people worry that their family could face an emergency survival situation where staying in their home is no longer safe. Therefore, a lot of survivalists are building underground bunkers to keep their family safe during an emergency. If you have the resources, skills, and ability, you could build your family an underground bunker by following these steps.

1. Plan Your Emergency Shelter 

Planning is always the first step in any construction project. When it comes to constructing an emergency shelter for your family, your planning must cover several topics. First, you must make sure that you have the necessary building permits required to dig and build an underground bunker. Secondly, you need to select a good location for your emergency shelter. Survey your land to find the most ideal spot to dig. If you plan on building the structure yourself, you will need to create a blueprint for the structure. That also means finding all the materials needed to build the structure. However, if you don’t want to build an underground bunker, you could buy a large shipping crate to use as the main structure. (Many survivalists use shipping crates for their underground bunker). You will then need to determine the size of your emergency shelter so you know how big of a hole to dig.

2. Start the Digging

Once you have your plans complete, as well as any necessary construction permits, you can start digging the hole for your underground bunker. Unfortunately, digging a large hole the old fashioned way – with a shovel – will take a long time. Therefore, if you know how to use heavy equipment, rent a backhoe to speed up the digging. If you don’t know how to use a backhoe, but you have enough money, you can hire a contractor to dig the hole for you.

3. Build Your Underground Bunker 

Once you have the hole dug for your emergency shelter, it’s time to start building the structure. If you plan on building the structure yourself, you will just follow your construction plans and use all the necessary materials required for it. If you plan on using a shipping crate, just make sure it will fit in your hole. You can find companies online that will sell and deliver shipping crates to your home. One of the most important things to remember when constructing your emergency shelter is that you need to have good air ventilation.

4. Create an Entrance and an Emergency Exit 

After you have your underground bunker in the ground, you will need to create a main entrance. If the shelter is underneath your home, the main entrance can lead directly from your home to the shelter for quick access. Most survivalists recommend using a heavy door reinforced with steel that will keep intruders from breaking into your shelter. You will also need to create an emergency exit in case the main entrance gets blocked, so your family doesn’t get trapped inside.

5. Stock Your Underground Bunker With Essential Supplies 

Finally, once your emergency shelter is complete, you will need to fill it with all the necessary supplies to keep your family alive. For example, you should have at least two weeks of food and water. You should also have a fire starter, batteries, cookware, a good knife, axe, toiletries, and a first aid kit. If you want a backup power source, you will need a generator and gas. Many survivalists stock up on firearms and ammunition for self-defense. However, that is a personal decision you will have to make based on your comfort and skill with firearms.

In short, the first step in building an underground bunker is planning. You must decide whether to build the structure yourself or buy a shipping crate. Once you have the plan complete for your shelter, you can start digging a hole (after you have secured any necessary permits). After your hole is dug, you can start building the main structure of your underground bunker. Make sure your structure has good air ventilation. You will need a main entrance and at least one emergency exit. After your shelter is finished, you can start filling it with essential supplies needed during an emergency.

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