When Civil Defense started, a lot of effort was expended on helping the citizen become more prepared. Because of this several FEMA documents on DIY home fallout shelters were created and disseminated to the public.
The Department of Energy’s own Cresson Kearny wrote Nuclear War Survival Skills to give the individual information on how to survival a Nuclear attack.
Starting with President Kennedy, FEMA moved away from the individual to spend all of its energy on governmental survival and mass shelters. Now only the government survival aspects of Emergency Management remain, and outside of these old documents and the few new books by individual survival authors, you just wont find any information on the construction of a home fallout shelter.
Home Fallout Shelter E in this document is a DIY basement shelter using cement block and storage shelves.
This shelter is something that any homeowner with a basement can easily construct. While nuclear war is not at the forefront of most people’s thoughts, this shelter could also work for tornadoes and strong storms. Personally, I don’t like this design for earthquakes, but other FEMA shelters are available.
The link below opens a PDF from FEMA on Home Fallout Shelter E.
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