How to Make a Bunker Even More Safe
I’m not a big fan of placing a heavy emphasis on bunkers. They’re expensive to build, require a lot of resources to function properly, and anyone who is inside is a sitting duck. However, bunkers do fill an important purpose in the big picture of survival preparedness, and it’s important to continually think of ways to make them safer and more-useful.
Most bunkers or safe rooms don’t have a secondary exit, which is one of the reasons that we’re sitting ducks once the door closes and we hunker down inside. Despite the availability of elaborate security systems and the ability to create and control a decent perimeter defense system remotely, bunkers can become death traps if those defenses don’t work. Consequently, I maintain that one of the fundamental things that should be included in every bunker design are emergency exits.
A second exit provides a backup if the main one become obstructed or the hatch gets jammed. It can also prove to be a life-saver if you experience a fire, flood or any other kind of unexpected calamity that forces you to flee.
You can make them as simple or complex as you like. You can add another door that opens on the other side of the unit. You can install duct work that you can climb through during an emergency. You can create tunnels that lead to a secret trap-door on the surface, hundreds of feet away from the main entrance. The important thing is that you make a secondary exit so that you have options when you need them.
Backup Ventilation Systems
Your ventilation system is your lifeline, and few things will flush you out of your bunker faster than a malfunctioning or under-powered unit. If you are already willing to make the investment in building a decent bunker, make sure that you invest in a second ventilation system. Otherwise, your bunker will be little more than an expensive storage unit if your sole ventilation system fails.
On the same lines, consider installing a sump pump as well. One thing that surprised a lot of people during the Cold War was that flooding was a persistent problem. Whether it came in the form of rain, snowmelt or moisture from the soil, few people had a plan in place to remove excess water. While you may be able to use a bucket or some towels, you still need a place to dump the water. A sump pump will help to keep you safer as you don’t need to leave in order to drain the water. It will also save you quite a bit of time and energy as well.
Finally, it’s important to consider installing a backup generator to provide you with a supplemental power source in an emergency. You will have a limited amount of options once you close the hatch and lock yourself inside. Your batteries, fuel or generator will be all that keeps you from living in total darkness until it’s safe to exit. Consequently, a backup generator represents an invaluable insurance policy that should be standard equipment on every survival bunker.
Take some time to think of other ways that you can make your bunker safer. The more redundancy you incorporate into your system now will pay big dividends during a crisis.