What are your chances of surviving a disaster such as nuclear fallout, financial crisis, floods, extreme heat or even earthquakes and war? Unless you are prepared, pretty slim. Here are some vital tips and suggestions to help you improve your chances of survival
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One of the main intentions of Doomsday Preppers is to be able to dig a big hole in the ground and live in it until the crisis has passed.
Much attention is given to the and underground shelters range from just a couple of feet in the back garden to sophisticated shelters with all the trimmings fifty or a hundred feet underground.
Of course, in the eventuality of a crisis, provided the planet has not exploded, then the further one can go underground the more likely one is to survive.
Of course one has to be within reach of it at the time of the crisis.
Governments and some of the wealthiest have such shelters completely self-sufficient for weeks, months or even years. These include power sources, sufficient stocks of food and other supplies, oxygen and so forth.
Probably one of the most well-known is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. This one is more for the public benefit and " ...is a secure seed bank on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, about 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) from the North Pole. Conservationist Cary Fowler, in association with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), started the vault to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds that are duplicate samples, or "spare" copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. The seed vault is an attempt to insure against the loss of seeds in other gene banks during large-scale regional or global crises. The seed vault is managed under terms spelled out in a tripartite agreement between the Norwegian government, the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NordGen)."
The vault was entirely funded by the Norwegian Government and cost around 9 million US dollars. The Norwegian government and the Global Crop Diversity Trust pay for all the operational costs and anyone is able to come along and store seeds for free in the Vault. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and various governments worldwide also contributed to the funding of the Vault. This is not the only seed bank of course. There are around 1,400 seed banks dotted around the planet of varying sizes.
But seed banks are not the be all end all. Many doomsday shelters are being built around the planet. In the US some very large ones under cities have been and are being built. A 'Doomsday-proof' block is being built in a missile silo in Kansas. One of four proposed, each will house about 90 people in a series of apartments, each costing 2 million dollars. Fully self-sufficient, this is one of many such shelters.
In the village of Hornings Mills north of Toronto, Canada, the Ark Two Nuclear Fallout Shelter has been built. The shelter is designed to hold 500 people and the 10,000 foot square shelter is composed of 42 buses which were buried underground, covered in concrete and earth and are apparently proof against anything short of a direct nuclear hit. With generators, three months' worth of diesel fuel and supplies, the emphasis is to be able to return to the surface three months after any fall out to rebuild again.
Of course for most people in major cities the underground train system, as inadequate as it is, would be where most people head. Mines deep underground also would be targets for those in the area. But such places usually do not have supplies for any prolonged stay which, in the event of a nuclear fallout, would be mandatory to avoid radiation.
For most people that can afford it and believe in the importance of a fallout shelter, a few feet underground with a few supplies to last a few weeks would be the best they can do.
It comes down to what is the most one can afford? A possible and more viable solution as others have discovered is perhaps getting together a few people to build an adequate shelter with power, full supplies (including oxygen, often forgotten) for at least two to three months. By sharing the cost it would be a bit more affordable for each person or family.