Some underground shelters or bunkers are built to protect human lives in the event of a natural disaster or man-made emergency such as a nuclear accident or war.
Here are some of the more common types of shelters and bunkers that will be covered on this website:
Fallout and bomb shelters are meant to protect us from non-direct hits from a nuclear bomb or direct his from non-nuclear missiles. Many places in the U. S. still have bomb and fallout shelters even though the Cold War with Russia is over. Places like Israel still maintain bomb and fallout shelters because of the ongoing conflicts in that region and because of Iran's desire to build nuclear weapons.
Underground shelters run the gamut from bomb to storm shelters. They even include underground homes that double as these kinds of shelters. People who live in underground homes are sheltered from many natural disasters and also have some protection from man-made disasters as well.
There are some old, abandoned underground U. S. missile silos that people have turned into homes that not only serve as housing, but are well protected from storms and enemy bombs.
Storm shelters may include tornado shelters but they may also protect people from hurricanes, lightning storms, high winds, earthquakes, fire, hail or even solar flares. Many people build storm shelters on their own properties just to be safe.
Emergency shelters may be built unto one's property but more often than not they are built in cities and communities for people to congregate during a natural disaster that may have wiped out one's home. At emergency shelters a person or family can receive shelter from the elements plus food, water, medical supplies and medical care. Emergency shelters can also be created ad hoc in the wilderness if something bad happens away from home and you have to think quickly about how to survive until you can get rescued.
Now, let's talk about bunkers for a while (and I'm not talking about Archie Bunker here). Most bunkers whether they are underground, secret, nuclear or hidden have something to do with protecting people and property from bombs and war. For instance, most nuclear, secret and hidden bunkers lay underground.
Nuclear bunkers have a couple of different missions. First is to protect people and important assets from a direct nuclear bomb strike. These bunkers may be hidden a mile or more underground and protected with feet of concrete and steel. The second mission of a nuclear bunker may be to launch an offensive or counter-offensive nuclear strike.
Secret bunkers have been developed all over the world to protect VIP's in case of acts of war or terrorism. The President of the United States is said to have a number of secret bunkers at his disposal across the USA.
Hidden bunkers are mostly historical secret bunkers. In Germany and other parts of Europe today there are still hidden bunkers left over from the time the Nazis ruled. Some of the hidden bunkers are known about and some are still being discovered.
So to recap, shelters and bunkers are intended
to save human lives, important property and information from
both natural and man-made disasters. In dangerous times like
these it may give you peace of mind to have your own fallout
shelter or emergency bunker nearby or at least know where one
is and have access to it if trouble does strike. You don't have
to be a survivalist per se to think about you and your family's
survival. A little emergence disaster planning never hurt anyone
and may help when it's really needed.
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