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Is a Bunker Reasonable?

This is a discussion on Is a Bunker Reasonable? within the General Prepper and Survival Talk forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; So one of the first things I planned out while delving into prepping was a bunker. I planned out the general layout and what exactly ...

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    Is a Bunker Reasonable?

    So one of the first things I planned out while delving into prepping was a bunker. I planned out the general layout and what exactly would go into that bunker. Recently I've been looking at how much a contractor would cost to do such a project, and it's quite a large sum. And so here is where my question is. Is it reasonable in the first place to build a bunker? I live in a small rural town in Mid-California. I'm not really in an area that is a large target for foreign attacks or other such things. The only possible target is a nearby military base, but that's pretty much it. I have told myself that there would be other uses for a bunker like quarantining my family and I from a pandemic, or even as a safe house in the event of a home invasion. Even with those in mind, I don't know if the benefit exceeds the cost. What do you guys think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastermclaster View Post
    So one of the first things I planned out while delving into prepping was a bunker. I planned out the general layout and what exactly would go into that bunker. Recently I've been looking at how much a contractor would cost to do such a project, and it's quite a large sum. And so here is where my question is. Is it reasonable in the first place to build a bunker? I live in a small rural town in Mid-California. I'm not really in an area that is a large target for foreign attacks or other such things. The only possible target is a nearby military base, but that's pretty much it. I have told myself that there would be other uses for a bunker like quarantining my family and I from a pandemic, or even as a safe house in the event of a home invasion. Even with those in mind, I don't know if the benefit exceeds the cost. What do you guys think?
    There's a lot of variations to the question you ask. Being in a small town I don't see much worry for a home invasion. Is your family onboard with prepping and being quarantined? You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink sort of thing.

    I'm from CA too and have traveled the state quite a bit. Is it possible to to tell me whereabouts you are talking so I might be able to give you a better answer?
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    I live in the Central Coast, Salinas Valley to be more specific. Although, I'll be moving out quite shortly, and my girlfriend is ok with all of my ideas on prepping.

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    Think essentials before bunkers. Food, water, first aid, candles, batteries, flashlights, a means of protection, etc. Have enough food, water, supplies for 72 hours, then expand from there. Plan for events likely in your area. Earthquakes, power outages, food shortages and the like. Remember, an event dosn't necessarily have to be in your town to effect you.

    I suggest doing some reading on some of the old posts here. We have discussed in detail many of the questions you are having. There are a lot of smart people here.
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    I wouldn't do crap while in Californification. Move to a non socialist state that doesn't have earthquakes. If you get a house with a basement you almost have a bunker. You will have to do some minor modification to better protect from nuclear. If you get in a rural area then your half way to being quarantined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastermclaster View Post
    I live in the Central Coast, Salinas Valley to be more specific. Although, I'll be moving out quite shortly, and my girlfriend is ok with all of my ideas on prepping.
    Salinas Valley, Monterrey County birthplace of Steinbeck, wonderful place until illegals and libtards took it over in the last decade or two. Yeah, build your bunker but please post pics of the build. Also of this girlfriend of yours so we can decide if you keep her or cut her loose

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    I personally would not, . . . as then the focus becomes "get in the bunker, . . . we'll be safe there", . . .

    Then when you look how well that worked out for Germany and Japan in WW2, . . .

    Fortified fighting positions are great, . . . our guys use them all the time, . . . but the US as a rule does not build bunkers, . . .

    And............ we've done pretty well (militarily) without them.

    I'd spend the money on firearms, ammo, food, and other essentials you will need and can use.

    But that is just the way I did / do my prepping.

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    Bunkers are reasonable for sure. With that said, you do not to build anything fancy. You can build a basement shelter like the one in this book.

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    If money was not an issue I would want one of these.....

    ATT Cheshire underground facility.
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    I think a bunker should be the last thing on the list. It's fine to have one, but you shouldn't get one if you can't afford to stock it and maintain it. It won't do you much good if it's used for storing the junk most people accumulate, or it falls apart because you don't take the time or don't have the money to keep it up.
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    Things to consider on bunkers

    * Walls don't have to be concrete. If money is tight, two sheets of plywood with dirt poured in between them. We have RR ties with dirt pushed up to them and a two foot tall plywood panel on the top of the dirt pile with the cavity filled about 6 inches thick. Works just fine.
    Fertilizer was poured on the dirt piles to grow weeds fast. Camo netting was then hung over the 2 foot wall after the wall was camo painted.
    In a hurry, cover the dirt with a camo net as well until the weeds grow.

    * I saw photos of WWII bunkers painted to look like the background. Honestly, you could not see them.

    * If you are in a rural area, a bunker can be defended then the bodies can be removed so others may not notice it. This cannot be done in suburbia as others will just be challenged by what they saw in your last attack. They know you have supplies.

    * If cheap enough, build two. If things are hot, retreat to a nearby smaller one. Then return to the main one when it is known to be vacant.

    * Check out homemade Human Manure composting toilets. Costs about $25. There is NO smell. Everything is stored in sealed 5 Gallon buckets.

    * Consider a steel panel roof with dirt on it to muffle the rain. Its fireproof but not bullet proof.
    However, four 12 gauge shotgun alarms turned horizontally mounted on the roof could be used to kill anyone who makes it onto the roof. They can be activated from inside the bunker.

    * Consider underground pull strings (in PVC pipe) to other shotgun alarms scattered round the bunker as well.
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