U.S. Safe Room’s line of fallout shelters, bomb shelters, and bunkers can be the difference between life and death. It’s worth mentioning that having a plan and procedure for your family will help ensure safety and your family’s survival in the event of a nuclear disaster. If you’re In the market for real assurance and security, our underground bunker can be engineered into a fully protected fallout shelter or bomb shelter. Ready.gov lists high risk areas as:
- Strategic missile sites and military bases.
- Centers of government such as Washington, DC, and state capitals.
- Important transportation and communication centers.
- Manufacturing, industrial, technology, and financial centers.
- Petroleum refineries, electrical power plants, and chemical plants.
- Major ports and airfields.
Nearly all of these areas have bunkers and bomb strike procedures.
What is a Fallout Shelter?
A fallout shelter is comprised of steel, and buried underground to create a livable environment in case of a nuclear blast. The deeper beneath the soil that the shelter is built, the safer inhabitants are from fallout. The half life involved in nuclear radiation is incredibly long, and no area within many miles will be completely free from radiation. However, within the fallout shelter the radiation will be greatly decreased.
A below ground fallout shelter can protect those distant from the blast, but within an area of around 30 square miles the explosion will be lethal without heavy protection. The nature of nuclear weapons is that no one is ultimately safe unless within a fallout shelter sufficiently far enough away from the blast. Moreover, the cause of many deaths outside of the blast radius is radiation poisoning in the water and air. The alternative however, is not owning a fallout shelter. Herein, leaving the odds completely up to chance.
This is why a multipurpose bunker is most common. This allows owners to plan for various storm, disaster, emergency food storage, bug-out, and survival scenarios. Planning for nuclear fallout survival will only be an expansion of proper planning. Air filtration, fresh water, and short-term supplies are critical to consider when planning your shelter. This can offer you protection necessary to survive the disaster, and proper planning will ensure you can escape and move further away from the impact zone to reduce your risk of radiation poisoning or contamination. U.S. Safe Room can help with your disaster preparedness with custom plumbing design, fresh water and safe isolated water storage systems, NBC air filtration, power, back-up power, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your needs.
What is a Bomb Shelter?
Missiles, bombs, or other explosives that fall below the tier of nuclear weaponry are marginally less dangerous. The unfortunate nature of war is the element of surprise. Without a bomb shelter, inhabitants of the projected blast radius are in a race to find an area they believe to be safe. Many will rush to basements, local safe rooms, designated escape routes, etc.
With a bomb shelter, your family may immediately rush to their planned escape procedure and take refuge underground. A direct hit is never ideal in these situations, but a typical explosive blast is much more manageable than 1000’s of years of radiation and intense deformity, etc. If you’re looking to protect yourself from bombs of any kind, see the three step guideline below.
The three important aspects of protection that potential fallout or bomb shelter owners should consider are listed by ready.gov as:
- Distance – The more distance between you and the fallout particles, the better. An underground area such as a home or office building basement offers more protection than the first floor. If planning a new construction project, installing a bunker below your home offers even greater fallout protection as radiation will be absorbed by each layer of the structure of the home before reaching the bunker which itself will offer multiple layers of protection.
- Shielding – The heavier and denser the materials – thick walls, concrete, bricks, books and earth – between you and the fallout particles, the better. A U.S. Safe Room fallout shelter is engineered to provide multi-layer protection with combined earth, concrete, and solid plate steel designed to provide the greatest protection possible in your unique scenario.
- Time – Fallout radiation loses its intensity fairly rapidly. In time, you will be able to leave the fallout shelter. Radioactive fallout poses the greatest threat to people during the first two weeks. By this expanse it has declined to about 1 percent of its initial radiation level. With U.S. Safe Room, planning provisions for you and your family for two weeks time is easily accomplished and even much longer as necessary. This proves why proper planning and the safety and security of an underground bunker is so vital. You can see how a bomb shelter can provide the protection necessary to ensure your family’s safety and offer you the time to plan and organize long-term safety after such a disaster.
Bomb Shelter or Fallout Shelter Specifications
With the proper engineering and planning, these structures can be upgraded with provisions for Fallout protection. Please consult with a U.S. Safe Room risk manger for more details and to start planning your bunker today. Customers curious about specs should know all underground bunkers are designed, engineered, and manufactured to FEMA 320, FEMA 361, and ICC 500 Standards. Storm shelters were tested and certified by Texas Tech National Wind Institute. This is in strict accordance to FEMA 320 (2014), FEMA 361 (2015), and ICC-500 (2014) standards. These standards include a wind rated impact of 250 mph ground speed tornado events.
Customers can request customization of any model, as our structures are designed to be customized and improved based on your unique project, planning, and construction requirements.