Fall Out Shelter in your basement

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by Thelt, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. Thelt

    Thelt New Member

    128
    0
    0
    I may be building a house in a few years. I have thought about putting a fall out shelter in the basement. I am thinking of a sort of "panic room" type place that would be full of supplies.

    I live in a rural area I wonder if fall out protection would be worth it. If radiation gets to where I am at we are probably all toast.
     
  2. Lowrider

    Lowrider New Member

    171
    0
    0
    I am far from any kind of expert on this, but my opinion is that fallout is just that: particles falling from the sky. It is the dirt, dust, and debris from a nuclear explosion. The main thing would be to stay indoors. Any basement would be better that 1st or 2nd stories. Even going outside for short periods runs the risk of tracking the dirt back into the house. Supplies are going to be the key and water the critical piece.

    Being rural is a plus, but the wind can carry the dirt a long way. Without a detector you have no way of knowing how dirty the area is.
     

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

    9,663
    2
    0
    You're starting to weird me out a little.... I understand wanting to take care of yours but do you really need a safe room? Who are you hiding from?
     
  4. Thelt

    Thelt New Member

    128
    0
    0
    LOL, maybe I have watched too much science fiction.
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

    9,663
    2
    0
    Have your watched Red Dawn this week?
     
  6. Thelt

    Thelt New Member

    128
    0
    0
    Not this week but several times, you know you can pee in your radiator if you really need to..... I loved the show Jericho when it was on. I have always like post apocalypse movies and TV shows.
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    19,847
    3
    0
    Read the "Ashes" series by William Johnstone.
     
  8. shirt001

    shirt001 New Member

    19
    0
    0
    I don't think our problems are going to have anything to do with radiation. The crash of our economy is a much more of a threat than any nuke. It probably will be fighting off the libbies who didn't prepare one little bit. Which is good, when they come to my house for food, I will help them out. All the lead they can eat!

    Sorry, but they will deserve what they get. I have a basement full of food, water, guns, ammo, and everything it will take to survive. I even have seeds for a 2 acre garden for long term survival.

    They laugh at us for being prepared. You watch how violent they become when TSHTF. Just like the rodney king thing. I was there during that. The libbies were the first ones running to the gun stores to get guns. I was laughing my ass off when they were told there was a 15 day waiting period. I loved it. Oh, that waiting period that they all voted for. Dumbasses!
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    21,335
    193
    63
    A fallout shelter and a bomb shelter are 2 different critters. Fallout is dust that has been made radioactive for a brief time. It can travel several STATES from point of origin- check prevailing winds, see what is upwind of you. Yes, have had a fallout/ storm shelter for a long time. Yes, you need a radiation meter. Yes, they are fairly cheap (I paid 10 bucks for a surplus Civil Defense Victoreen radiation meter- runs on 1 D cell, has a remote sensing head and 25 ft of cable) You not only need supplies (food, water, etc) for a couple of weeks, but a way to filter air, and pump air into your shelter. Check the publications from the US Govt, and find a paperback copy of "Pulling Through" by Dean Ing. PS- yes, I also own my own MOPP4 gear.
     
  10. Walley

    Walley New Member

    264
    0
    0
    Fall out shelters? Has this country regresses to the rampant paranoia of the fifties when everyone and his brother were building bomb shelters? Have people subscribed to the manufactured fears promulgated by the media and the right wing oracles of doom? Who do we have to arm ourselves against? Certainly there are bad guys out there but what are the chances that one might run into one? For too damn many years I worked the mean streets of a major metropolitan center and yes there are real dangers lurking around every corner that a person is wise to protect him or herself against there. Out side of places like that violence is a random act and the average citizen’s chances of encountering it are minuscule. At the age of 72 what I fear most is the malignant stupidity that engulfs this nation today. I also fear the drunken drivers and the Dirty Harry want-to-be who insists on carrying a hand cannon as they go about their daily lives. I fear those who believe, deep in their hearts, that everyone else should think, believe, live and act as they do.
     
  11. Thelt

    Thelt New Member

    128
    0
    0

    I do not intend to argue politics with you but the country is not the "safe" place it used to be. I can see it in my small town. We had an officer killed in the line of duty last year. That had not happened in the last 40 years. Six officers have been shot in the line of duty in the past two years.

    Maybe a fall out shelter is overkill but carrying a concealed weapon is not paranoia.
     
  12. Lowrider

    Lowrider New Member

    171
    0
    0
    I don't believe a classical nuclear exchange is likely at all. However, a nuclear attack on this country is becoming as likely as it was in the 50s if not more so. That is not "malignant stupidity", but a knowledge that unstable countries or at best stable countries with unstable leaders are building nuclear capabilities. Also dirty nuclear weapon does not require all the refinement that Iran is going through. They want to be able to launch. The process wrapping a bunch of radioactive waste around a truck bomb is relatively simple.

    Wally, you don't have to think as I do. You seem to be the one talking down to anyone that doesn't agree with you.
     
  13. Shooter girl

    Shooter girl New Member

    319
    0
    0
    Fallout is primarily alpha and beta particles. Alpha is stopped easily by your skin, and beta is easily stopped by thick clothing. The primary hazard is to internal organs from inhaling or ingesting these particles. So a good filtration system would do you best in any fallout shelter. But you best make it so you can easily clean out any filters because they tend to get clogged quickly from fall out. Gas masks are not a great idea when dealing with alpha and beta for the same reason. The publications actually recommend that you use a damp rag in place of your mask when dealing with radiation.

    Gamma radiation is your big concern when it comes to fallout shelters. This happens during the initial blast, and can continue by the irradiated substances near the epicenter of the blast. Gamma can penetrate many feet of concrete and dirt depending on the strength of the source.

    Yes it would behoove you to have a hardened shelter underground to deal with the initial blast and pressure wave, and initial gamma burst.

    Also remember that because of the Mach effect, the pressure wave will be stronger at distance than close up to the blast. So just because your house was far enough away from the blast to not be burnt up doesn't mean it will continue to stand.
     
  14. Walley

    Walley New Member

    264
    0
    0
    I don’t mean to talk down to anyone just remind them to do their own thinking. I try to speak from experience gained from a long life of seeking the truth and trying to live in reality. I abhor the thought that everyone would think and believe as I do but to me an intellectual debate between those holding different philosophies is the greatest instrument of learning available.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009
  15. Lowrider

    Lowrider New Member

    171
    0
    0
    Agreed. .
     
  16. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    19,847
    3
    0
    It's definitely something to consider. There's nothing wrong with improving our chances.

    Third world nutjobs have access to nuclear and or dirty bombs or materials. I have no doubt that there are nukes out there in terrorist land.
    Suitcase nukes, anyone? There's so much of that stuff either missing, lost or stolen, that no place is truly safe anymore.

    I'd rather be paranoid and alive. ;)
     
  17. Thelt

    Thelt New Member

    128
    0
    0
    From what I understand the gamma radiation is the real problem but it does not last that long. A shelter to stay in for a week or two could be the difference between life and death....
     
  18. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

    441
    0
    0
    I agree with the need to have supplies on hand for the unexpected and unwanted things that may occur. Food, water, a source of heat, and about a dozen other things can help you deal with most eventualities. Nuclear defense is not something I am going to specifically plan for. Some things I will leave off my worry list and let a higher power (God) handle.
     
  19. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    21,335
    193
    63
    Alpha and Beta are easily stopped (so long as you do not inhale particles) Gamma does have higher energies, but can be shielded against- and does not require multiple feet of lead, concrete, etc- dirt works pretty well- again- so long as you are not inhaling "hot" dust particles. There IS neutron radiation emitted at the instance of detonation that goes thru most things- but that is in a very small area. Fallout can cover thousands of sq miles, depending on yield of weapon, height of burst, and weather downwind.

    Our shelter area is multi-use. Besides being the "man-cave", two of our kids rode out a tornado there that did damage to our home that took 5 months to repair. A "gas mask" may have limited ability to filter fallout particles- but a good respirator (there is a difference) with the right filter WILL do the job. Air filters getting fouled can be an issue- which is why pre-filters (see the HVAC aisle at Lowe's or Home Depot) are a very good idea.

    Graduated from the US Army NBC Warfare School in 1970, and have stayed current since. Have a fairly good idea of the likely targeting list upwind from me. Do not like the concept of relying on the goodwill of groups like Al Queda, Shining Path, or whoever will be in charge of Pakistan in 10 years. I do know that following the breakup of the Soviet Union, we had to help them find where the hell all of their nukes WERE. Recordkeeping was really bad. One ICBM was found abandoned on it's transporter/launcher. The crew had not been paid in 6 months, they took their AK's and went hunting because they were hungry. Also do not expect home to catch fire today- but there are 20 lb ABC extinguishers in the shop, utility room, and garage.
     
  20. Shooter girl

    Shooter girl New Member

    319
    0
    0
    The school house disagrees with you.

    From the lesson plan currently taught at Leonardwood.
    From FMFM 3-7 page 4-0
    GAMMA — Travels speed of light, cannot be totally shielded.

    Now, where you may be mistaken is saying that you must have many many feet of concrete or earth to get below the LD/50 Say you have a dose rate in air of 2,400 cGy, from the same range, 24 inches of earth will give you a protection factor of 96, or a dose of 25 cGy.

    Now as you know, radiation has cumulative effects. By the pub you should not receive more than 50 cGy over a one hour time frame, or 150 cGy over your lifetime.