Not too long ago, CNN Money  posted a story on the increase in sales of bunkers. Doomsday bunkers have increased in sales anywhere from 20% to 1,000%, depending on the company. These bunkers are designed to provide a safe place for inhabitants in the event of an earthquake, tornado, tsunami, nuclear holocaust or other disaster.
On top of selling bunkers to individual families, apparently one company (Vivos) has five bunkers that can hold 200 people. Their super project, though, designed to hold 950 people, and offer a number of amenities for a year, is already seeing some interest. You can reserve a spot in this bunker to be build under Nebraska for a cool $5,000 a person. Of course, you are supposed to pay the remainder of the $25,000 fee when the bunker is complete and you have been on a tour of the site.
Of course, you don’t have to spend $25,000 a person to reside in someone else’s bunker. (Besides, how would you get there in the event of the Apocalypse?) You can buy your own bunker for anywhere between $500 and $20 million, depending on the types of disasters you want to withstand, as well as how roomy and comfortable you want it to be. And, of course, you can prepare in advance by stocking your shelter with a number of supplies.
What to Include in Your Survival Bunker
Whether you build your own bunker, buy a bunker, or just get together some basic supplies for emergency preparedness , there are some things to consider. Some basic items might include:
- Water container: Choose one that is rated for water storage. You can find collapsible water containers. You can find water containers that hold as little as 10 gallons, or get those that hold 250 or 500 gallons — or more.
- Generator: You can find generators for a relatively low cost. You can get a smaller generator to power a bunker or small shelter, or you can choose a larger generator, meant to keep your home going. It is also possible to make your home a little less dependent on the power company with the help of geothermal, wind and solar systems. (Still eligible for a big tax break .) It can also help to have alternate cooking choices/heat options, such as camp stoves and grills.
- Food: Use some of your home food storage to stock your shelter, or keep some of it in an accessible place. Non-perishables, including canned and dried fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, and other staples can be good to have on hand in any case, no matter what emergency you are preparing for.
- Sanitary items: Be sure to stock up on personal hygiene and sanitary items. Water purification tablets, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hygiene items and other products designed to help you remain clean and sanitary are a good idea. Also include basic First Aid items like disinfectant, anti-bacterial cream, sterile bandages, and splints.
- Light sources: Candles, flashlights and oil lamps can be good choices. Our power was out for a few hours recently; the crank LED lantern was great. A crank flashlight, lantern, and/or radio are great additions, since you don’t have to rely on batteries.
- Extra clothes: Stock your bunker or shelter with blankets and extra clothes for warmth. You can also look into sleeping bags, thermal blankets and other options that can help protect you from the elements.
Finally, if you are the doomsday type that wants to be prepared for any occasion, you can get hunting knives, bayonets, and guns (with extra ammo) to ensure that you can obtain food through hunting or protect what’s yours.
Would consider setting up a bunker? What would you put in it?