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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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I'm with Meike! Basically, the same plan! Buildings underground require less heating and air conditioning because they are insulated by the surrounding earth. Not to mention, we have tornadoes! Surely, you aren't going to rely on the wonderful government of the USA to protect you?!
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Without even considering "big" emergencies, there can always be smaller issues that make some amount of stockpiling advisable. I grew up is snow country, and my mother used to always keep moderate supplies of canned goods. It was partly sale-shopping, partly blizzard preparedness. When the Rodney King riots hit here in Los Angeles, I had a toddler and was pregnant with the second one. The lady across the street was pregnant, too. I worked on the third floor of a building where we could look out the window and watch palm trees burning in the direction of downtown. The (large) employer did not advise us and send us home early, and quite a few people had trouble getting home. (Roving bans of thugs.) There was at least one person shot walking to his car. I went straight to the grocery store to get a few supplies. One local market was already closed at 4pm, and another was out of most perishables and bread. We didn't leave the house for two or three days. I wouldn't let my DD even out in the back yard. Bullets shot into the air come down somewhere. They will penetrate most normal roofs. So how is this so-called "bunker mentality" crazy?
amers230 amers230 9 years
being prepared is always a good thing but these people are taking it waaaay too far. it's common sense to keep some bottled water and non-perishable food around in case of some sort of emergency but the whole idea of bunkers and survivalism and such are completely beyond my comprehension.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
Has anyone ever been to Albania? :rotfl: It's Bunkerland over there. I think I saw + 200 bunkers in four days while I was there.
Meike Meike 9 years
My hubby and I plan on building a house with an underground bunker that is as self-sustaining as it is self-sufficient. However, it will not because of potential world disasters and hysteria. In the long run, we will save more money and resources by being able to provide ourselves with our own food, water, heat, electricity, etc. That means we will be able to give back more to our families and to causes we support. But, hey, in the event that a disaster should happen, we'll be prepared all the same.
kia kia 9 years
I think I happen to know way too many hippies that listen to too much BBC World Service because I have several friends in different parts of the world that have offered me sanctuary on their large remote properties in case anything weird happens in the world. Survival compounds... anyone else know people that have these stocked up just in case? I do think it is always a good idea to be prepared in your home for disasters, but I think there is also a danger of getting obsessive and not living life when these thoughts consume you.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 9 years
I think there is a certain thread of sensibility in the hype. But, just as all the extremists at Y2K, this is another sensational story. And in reality, I think a lot of the whack-o extremists are getting their rocks off with all the hysteria - they are fueling the flames so they feel justified in their preparedness. However, on that same note, we have an undisclosed amount of food storage and continually build and rotate it out. Why? Not because we're whack-o survivalists, but because for us it's common sense. Whether it be a natural disaster, food shortage, job loss, etc., we're prepared. We are all encouraged to have several months of monetary savings on hand. I think the same is true for food storage, along with our monetary savings account, we have a food savings account.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
On a side note. I want to commend the Sugar contributers! For the past several weeks that I have been on here, I have read stories posted here, and then listened to those same stories get "first reported" on television or in the paper. It's almost like the mass media market is coming to to get thier stories... Way to Go! :cheer:
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
All I have to say is it can never hurt to be prepared.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i am building a bunker. got the plans from a guy in austria who called himself an expert. we'll see!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
:OY: NO way man!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
More mass hysteria ... just what the world needs. I think more folks are going to die from stress related to worrying about the supposed recession, climate change and this god dang election then natural disasters. I myself am about ready to hit the Appalachians with some Foxfire books just to get away from the media.
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