Many decades ago, the US and Russia then part of the USSR engaged in a Cold war with one another. Survival bunkers were very popular way back then on both countries as a preparation for an attack by the other country. Take your time and ask some of your good oldies and veterans, they will tell you awesome stories about the Cold War. There are even regular drills in American schools to prepare for attacks and one of those drills is getting on your survival bunkers.
Fast forward today, during disasters, do you really need a survival bunker? Given the state of the art technology that we have now, is it a necessity? We have the global positioning system, anti-missiles, and disaster alarm technology among others. Well, the answer is YES, a big YES!
Why? A survival bunker is intended to be a safe place for you and your family during disasters. It’s there to protect you from any harm and effects of the disaster. When disaster strikes it does not choose whom it will have the greatest impact. It might have a great toll on you or your friends’ family, anyone is susceptible.
Sounds gloomy but true!
The best way is preparation and one of them is having your survival bunker. Your survival bunker will be your holding place until you’re safe or rescue workers arrived. It’s important that your survival bunker contains all the necessary things that will make you survive for days.
Your checklist of must-haves in your survival bunker
Your survival bunker must have the following:
For obvious reasons of nourishment and maintaining health, you need to have foods in your survival bunker. You’re a biological being and nutrition is a key in your survival come disaster time. You’re not an android that runs on battery mode and can survive without food for days.
However, you need not consider all kinds of food, especially those who are perishables. You need to store foods with longer shelf lives or expiration dates. Canned goods, crackers and vegetables and fruits are best to have in your survival bunker.
Just as food is needed for nutrition so does water. Remember that your body is composed of 57% to 60% water for adults and 75% to 78% for infants. Once your body lacks water it will send a signal to your brain and you will feel thirsty. For long term water deprivation, your body can weaken and vital organs like the heart, kidneys and brain can get affected.
So don’t make the mistake not to store drinking water to your survival bunker.
Air Ventilation System
Since your bunker is underground you need to provide air ventilation system so that your supply of oxygen will be possible. Here’s the trick on this, you need to calculate the number of persons (family members, guests and you of course) and companion animals ( cats, dogs, birds) that will be using your survival bunker and from there estimate the needed oxygen to be used. Take note also if the person with you has specific health conditions like a heart ailment or asthma attacks which will need more oxygen provision.
It is better that your estimate on your ventilation system exceeds the oxygen usage rather than fall short of it, it will spell disaster.
First Aid Kit
Even if you’re underground, there might be instances when you or your companions will get hurt. You may have a small wound due to ensuring your survival bunker is in tip-top shape. Or one of your companions got hurt while evacuating. So, store a first aid kit in your bunker that will include wound treatment medications (betadine, antiseptics), gauge, surgical gloves, scissors and antibiotics, pain relievers.
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Power interruption or no power at all happens during disasters and you need to ensure you got one while in your survival bunker. You can choose to store batteries or a solar panel to be your source of power. You need power for your flashlights, lighting and monitoring devices such as a radio, mobile phones or small television. You need to get updated when the disaster is already gone. You won’t like to stay forever in your survival bunker, wouldn’t you? Of course, you want to go to your normal life after the disaster.
Don’t get naked even during disasters. Be dry and warm and keep your dignity. Store clothes in your survival bunker so that you can change anytime. It will also protect you from insect bites and scratches. Don’t think about fashion here anyway who would care? Focus on the functionality of your clothes. Store jackets, socks and wool instead.
Fixing and maintaining your survival bunker is a tough challenge during disasters. Since it’s your last defense you need to ensure it is functional until the disaster is gone or you’re rescued. Choose your multi-tools carefully and consider quality, reliability and function when buying.
Confidential Documents Storage
Ensure that all your confidential documents are safe. Examples of these are your insurance policies, you want to have speed in your claims after the disaster and you’ll need documents to prove your coverage. All your identification records such as your ID, birth certificates, your diploma must be intact. It’s advisable that you placed them in a waterproof and fireproof case.
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Here you go, we have already given some key points on the necessity of having your survival bunker and the things you need to have. Surviving during disasters is your ultimate goal. There’s nothing more precious than you and your family life. Take care of it and it’s nice to be prepared. We love to hear from you and will greatly appreciate talking to us about your survival needs.
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