Really good post on Fox News but also concerning that even the big mega corporations are starting to write about Bomb Shelters or “Fallout Shelters”…Dont call us the wack jobs any more ! Read part of the article below
If you are worried about protecting your family from a tornado, hurricane, wildfire or worse — radioactive particles from a nuclear explosion — a fallout shelter may be the answer.
Paul Seyfried, co-owner of Utah Shelter Systems, specializes in making fallout shelters and other structures to protect people in such doomsday scenarios. “Most of our clients are simply Americans who want to improve the safety and security of their families in tumultuous times,” he says.
Installing a fallout shelter is similar to improving any other structure on a homeowner’s property, Seyfried says. Depending on the bomb shelter builders, the shelter could be made of corrugated steel, concrete or even fiberglass.
But like any other home improvement, it’s important to select a builder who’s familiar with the products and knows what it takes to protect your home, he says. Homeowners also should make sure they understand all the costs, follow local building rules and stock the structure properly.
Priced like a well-equipped truck
Seyfried says underground structures at Utah Shelter Systems range in size from about 256 to 500 square feet, and they come with ventilation systems, wood-based flooring, bunk beds and a wiring system with light fixtures.
Lights run off of batteries that last two to three weeks, hopefully long enough to get through the worst of a calamity. If the batteries run out, a home generator could be used to recharge them, and generators cost about $1,000.
The cost starts at about $51,800. “We want the price to be about that of a new, well-equipped truck,” Seyfried says. “It sounds like a lot of money, but you sure see a lot of pickup trucks driving around on America’s roads.”
Other options, such as additional bunk beds, dehydrated food and other items to stock the room can be purchased separately, he says.
Consumers generally pay 50% of the shelter’s cost upfront to purchase materials, Seyfried says. It takes about six weeks for a fallout shelter to be built, and at about that point, the client pays the remainder of the money, he says.
At Hardened Structures in Virginia Beach, Va., a typical reinforced underground shelter is made of concrete. “That cost will run anywhere from $300 to $600 per square foot,” says Brian Camden, the company’s president.