Emergency Preparedness, Shelter

Underground Shelters

As we watched the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster unfold last year, most of us had the same reaction – we couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Emergency system after emergency system failed, and failed so quickly that there was no time for science or technology to catch up and prevent total disaster – a level 7 (the maximum) on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

It was almost like watching a sci-fi movie, except, unfortunately, it wasn’t a movie. It was real radiation that swept over Japan, across the sea and eventually to the U.S.

There are currently 65 nuclear power plants in the U.S. and 435 worldwide. Whose to say next time that crisis isn’t closer to home? That thought alone has many people seriously considering underground shelters as a safety measure for their families.

In fact, bomb shelters were not that uncommon in the 1950s as the world first contemplated nuclear war – the government even encouraged private citizens to install shelters in their basements or in their backyards. Though the shelters mostly went unused, today we get the benefit of studying how they aged and how to use new resources and technology to make underground shelters safer and more comfortable.  Recent events at home and around the world – viral pandemics, political unrest, technological warfare advancements, and natural disasters – help make a new case for self-contained, undetectable underground emergency shelters.

So what’s new in shelter technology? We know a lot more about nuclear, biological and chemical weapons than we did 60 years ago so today you can get a shelter that is rated as an NBC (Nuclear, Biological & Chemical) class shelter. This means it is built to withstand almost any of these threats And new construction materials also make shelters affordable, so they can be larger and more comfortable – even large enough to have a dedicated space for pets. Solar technology makes it possible to power appliances and electronics, and advanced designs for above-ground components makes ventilation, power supplies and escape hatches virtually undetectable.

Another new trend in underground shelters is that they’re being designed for recreational use. Hunters and weekend campers are using their “underground cabins” on a regular basis – with the added benefit of knowing how everything functions and what needs to be stocked or restocked for use in case of an emergency.

From bomb shelter to “underground cabin” – emergency underground shelter technology has come so far in the last 60 years that having one, either in your yard or on a piece of secluded private property, is possible and sensible for many families.

If you’re interested in learning more about underground survival shelters, we encourage you to check out Atlas Survival Shelters. They’re doing a great job making advanced, affordable, comfortable underground bunkers in every price range, and with comforts that you wouldn’t expect.


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Ben and Marcy Young are the owners of Southern Oregon Survival.


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