Over at the Be Prepared Forum I found a thread that provides a great description and discussion on “akgirl” who is building an underground shelter.
Here is an excerpt from the initial posting from akgirl:
After spending weeks searching the web and endless Youtubes I could not find not one sliver of useful information on DIY underground shelters. We realized the quickest shelter would be to purchase shipping containers and set them into the ground. The cost for these containers have more than doubled since the Joplin Tornado and at 3000.00-5000.00 were out of our reach, so we began looking for alternatives. If you ask anyone with a construction background they are going to tell you steel reinforced concrete is the only way to go, again time and money is a factor. My husband having worked the last 10 years in commercial construction, designed and is building a wood frame structure that is to be covered and earth bermed on all sides. The 20′ x 20′ construction is being done a step at a time, to make the expense of building more doable. In less than 2 weeks we are ready for the beams and roof. I can post pics if anyone is interested in undertaking this type of project.
The thread as of this writing goes on for 7 pages. Discussions range from material costs, construction, salvaging material from a variety of sources to life expectancy of the shelter.
I want to give a very special THANK YOU for akgirl sharing this project and her experiences.
Check it out HERE.
I would love to hear from readers that have been able to build their own underground shelters – especially inexpensive ones.
Take care all –