Air raid shelters are a thing of the now. If you
ever have the benefit of traveling to areas that have been subject
to the effects of long term warfare, such as Europe, Japan,
Russia, parts of Asia or the Middle East, you would be able
to learn from stories about the horrors of war that have been
passed down through the years from one family to another and
one generation to another.
There are the tragedies of mass exoduses from
large cities to very remote outlying areas in hopes of finding
safety, while enemy troops conquered the cities and left them
in ruin. These sorts of stories are not just the stuff of Hollywood
movies, they really happen. And are happening now.
When Fleeing Was Not Possible, Air Raid Shelters
Provided a Means of Escape
When people in civilian populations are exposed
to the horrors of war and atrocities, sometimes fleeing to the
remote regions outside the cities has just not been possible.
In England during the early stages of World War II, Londoners
learned very quickly that you can't just evacuate a million
people or more when the bombs will be arriving in the next five
minutes (or less).
The realization of that brought about the necessity
of air raid shelters. While even the most modern of air raid
shelters have not been a guarantee against injury or death,
they do decrease the odds of being killed by falling enemy bombs
and people caught in wars during the last century learned to
accept that anything that improves one's odds of survival is
better than nothing.
Those Who Forget the Past May Have To Relive
the Horrors of Their Ancestors
Since the end of the cold war in the late 1980's,
practically every air raid shelter in the U.S. has been closed
up, filled up and covered up, or converted to something else.
But people who specialize in survival protection recommend that
the idea of air raid shelters should not be forgotten, in fact
they suggest that the general population should have at least
something that resembles an air raid shelter, even if it's not
the massive, deep concrete structures of the past. The great
thing is they don't have to be.
Panic Rooms and Safe Rooms Are Not Just Hollywood
Movies, They're Real Life Protection
Whether it's called a safe room or a panic room, it's the same
thing. A safe room is a low tech, urban type of air raid shelter
that can help provide the same kind of protection as an underground
shelter in places where underground shelters are not practical.
A safe room is usually built into an existing
home or other structure with thicker, reinforced walls that
can provide protection from falling bombs that normal walls
would not stand up to. The design and building principles for
safe rooms are very much like the way that large safes in banks
Basements Can Easily Be Converted Into Air
A basement in a home or commercial structure is
a great start for building an air raid shelter. Because most
basements are completely underground and they have reinforced
concrete walls and floors the shell of the air raid shelter
is already built.
All that is needed is the inclusion of emergency
supplies, internal electrical generation capabilities and a
means for bringing in water and sending out waste. These are
all do-able projects and if nothing else, will bring peace of
mind in times of calm and may save your life during a real emergency.