Bunker Types

There are many types of bunker ranging from the small basement fall out shelter to the more elaborate underground multiple room shelters with generators. The type of bunker you build will depend on your location, budget and land size in that order. Below is a list of the shelter types along with the pros and cons of each.

Basement Fall Out Shelter became popular during the Cold War and were designed to protect a family from the fall out of a nuclear bomb.

Pros Cons
Inexpensive No protection from blast
Very little skills need to build Takes up room in the house.
Under ground level adds good protection against tornados. Because it is under ground and not sealed flooding can occur
Hidden from neighbors Not sealed against NBC attacks
Family can reach it quick when needed
Plenty of room for supplies

Above Ground

Above ground bunkers can range from brick buildings to reinforced concrete building designed for the sole purpose to protect.


Pros Cons
Not damaged by ground water Can be seen by neighbors
Less costly than in-ground Limited storage depending on the size
Can be expanded easily Increased risk of EM Pluse
Can be moved
Multiple escape routes

Below Ground

For those with with the money or the time and knowledge the below ground bunker is the way to go.

Pros Cons
Added protection against fallout and blasts. Costly to build
Easy to seal against NBC agents Water damage in some areas
Hidden from view Not much storage
EM Pulse protection Usually limited escape routes.
Little privacy No ventilation for generator exhaust.
Sound proof