Everyone seems to be talking about bugging out, with all those pictures and suggestions as to what to include in your bug-out bag. Most of the gear involves survival for a few days, including the use of firearms. It seems implied that should you ever need to get out of dodge you should automatically head into the woods, where only special skills and experience will actually save you regardless of what’s inside your bug-out bag.
The reality is, it’s often more difficult to survive in foreign territory with nothing but your backpack, your knife, and your wits about you. Even the most experienced hunters and trackers know that it is almost impossible to make it out there for more than a few days; for the most inexperienced, surviving for a few hours may already seem miraculous.
What makes more sense, as any true survivalist would know, is to hunker down and stand your ground. Where you decide to do this is up to you, but it’s a safe bet that your best option is familiar territory, like your home or a survival shelter.
To build your own survival shelter, you need the help of grading contractors like Advantage Grading and Engineering to dig and level the ground properly. Aside from them, you may also need a professional to build the inside or the frame of your shelter. Reinforced steel is often a primary choice.
In addition to the strength of the shelter and the safety of its location, the stockpile you have inside is also important.
Here’s a little guide for building that shelter:
- Make it deep enough to be comfortable to stand and walk around inside.
- Make it strong enough to withstand most storms, perhaps even tornadoes and, if possible, gunfire.
- Stock it with enough supplies to last you for months. This depends on your budget and the size of your bunker.
- Install a water purifying device.
- Install an air filter.
- Make sure you have easy and fast access to your bunker from your house. If you have to drive to it, it’s too far. If your house is in a low-lying area that may get under flood, however, you have no choice but to find higher ground to build your shelter in.
Survivalists are not the only ones who should be thinking about the future and how you can cope with it. You and everyone else should be thinking about it. The sooner you prepare, the higher your chances of making it.