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Survival of the Prepared? Is It Time to Build a Bunker?

Hoo boy, so the news, right? If it's not a world of thrashing tornadoes, it's water rationing in California, or any number of politically or economically unstable situations. This BBC piece raises the topic more commonly associated with the 1950s nuclear mentality — or that Brendan Fraser movie — building a bunker. One survivalist they spoke to called the bunker a safe haven that's "self-sufficient and capable of growing some kind of food."

The piece sums up his philosophy like this:

In a world in which people and systems are increasingly "interconnected," the potential for infrastructure to collapse is great, he says. Political disturbances in Kenya, drought in Australia, or crop disease in South America can quickly affect food prices in the UK. And globally, everything from modern mass agriculture to transport and industry is dependent on the availability of oil.

Another man who calls himself an urban liberal survivalist gave this as a reason:

The systems we rely on are brittle and facing strain. Here in Seattle we are vulnerable to earthquakes and I also live near a big volcano. Climate change is causing more extreme weather events. There could be a global bird flu outbreak or some other pandemic.

The timing of this article is great — I was planning this weekend to stock my emergency earthquake kit with food and water — but is that not enough? Is it bunker time?


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