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Air Raid Shelters

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 are built.

Basements Can Easily Be Converted Into Air Raid Shelters

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.


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