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You're really getting into this. Lots of great info, don't know why your husband took so long to get this up.
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Welcome. I have been into emergency situation preparedness but in our home we can only prepare just so much due to space and storage limits(we have next to no storage space). I would like to build an addition that would be used for storage of things like food and clothes just for something like this and I would like it to be thick very reinforced walls that could be climate controlled so that we could store things in it for these situations but also use it as a possible safe room if needed. I saw something on TV a few years ago about a man who hand dug a HUGE bunker under his house it took him like 14 years of hand digging and hauling dirt out in a bucket. Then he built the walls out of concrete put in safety measures like self sealing doors that could be tripped in case of an intruder and lock the intruder in a 4X4 room with no where to go no air and no food. It had cameras and the man had over a years supply of every stinkin kind of food imaginable. It was set up so that even if the house blew away it wouldn't affect the bunker underneath. It had individual bedrooms, bathrooms, plumbing, storage area for food and water, a living room and dining room with a kitchen. He had even come up with a way to supply fresh air to the bunker. It was so cool and so well thought out.
 

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One thing and you may know this. A guy who had a underground tornado shelter had a jack for an 18 wheeler in case something fell over the opening he could get out.
 

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sidroski said:
You're really getting into this. Lots of great info, don't know why your husband took so long to get this up.
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I love the new sub forum & have already learned a few new things.

Back on topic, When we finally get out of the City to live I am going to look into having a steel shipping container (buried) for an underground "bunker" type storage/safe room. Am doing my research now.






http://www.theage.com.au/national/family-survived-black-saturday-in-bunker-20090527-bnnh.html
 

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Storage containers have very little strength for burying. I know they stack them, but they are reinforced on the corners and that is where all the weight goes. The roof just will not hold up much weight. The side walls are not very strong either.
 

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Storage containers have very little strength for burying. I know they stack them, but they are reinforced on the corners and that is where all the weight goes. The roof just will not hold up much weight. The side walls are not very strong either.
True, they must be slightly modified to bury. The floor is thicker so I'm planning to invert mine & use the floor as the load bearing roof. This has been successfully done before & documented on survivalistboards.com

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=63219

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=58425&highlight=arisinwind+cellar










PS, thanks again for the Mak. Love it. :thumbup:
 

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I know some people who burried a bus in the side of a hill as an emergecy shelter. Its what saved them when the Tornado came thru Yazoo this year.
 

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Ok let's get back on topic. I created a new post for emergency shleters/bunkers so we can discuss use of storage containers busses and whatever else for emergency sheter and bunkers there.
 

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4 Runner, check with 18 wheeler trailer shops. I got a friend at Utility trailer and they have used containers that they'll sale from time to time. I need to get back on that myself.
Wonder what the tempature inside on the side of a hill would be. I know the buried would be fairly constant but don't know what the little bit of dirt around it would be enough to keep it constant.
It didn't look like that was going to be anything more than storage but if you decided to ride out a SHTF situation, I'd want a hatch to get out of and a way to open one from the inside.
 

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What's the advantage of having a buried container to live in rather then your home in a SHTF situation? I'm not talking about a tornado or another Katrina. Why would you use white wood rather then treated wood underground or on concrete? I'm not asking to stir anything up, just asking.
 
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