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A shelter is, simply put, where you go to keep safe when the world gets a bit crazy. For some people it just means making some changes to the home they already have, to some it means have a survival retreat to get away from civilization for a while, and for others it can mean a fully decked out self-sufficient underground fortress.

Types of Shelter:

Survival retreats: Survival retreats are places, generally far outside of city centers and away from the general population, where the owner can have an escape from a civilization in crisis. These retreats are generally off the grid and provide basic amenities such as food, shelter, and heating. They range from simple cabins and trailers to complete residences. Some people choose to live in their survival retreat year round, while others only use it as a chance to get away for a while and a backup location to go to when chaos hits. Survival retreats are popular enough that you can find them listed as such among real estate listings, although a home or cabin does not need to be listed as a survival retreat in order to function as one.

Underground shelters: Underground shelters range in complexity and the ones offered on the market often have high price tags. Visit the Vivos Network to get an idea as to just how complex underground shelters can be.

Some people choose to build their own underground shelter. There are plenty of stories dating back at least as far as the 1970s of entire school buses being buried in order to make simple and covert underground hideouts. In reality, burying a bus is probably not the safest or best idea. Underground structures, just like mining shafts, need to be properly reinforced to prevent cave-ins and should include input from a professional to prevent disaster.

Modifying portions of a home: This is by far the least expensive and intensive of the options. People who stay in their homes during disasters are said to be “sheltering in place”. This may not be ideal for coastal or urban locations where forced evacuations can become mandatory, but if your home is already in a somewhat safe location and you can fit in all of the necessities of living through chaos it will allow for all of the comforts of home. Generally, retrofits will be needed to allow for alternative energy, heating, water sources and wastewater disposal.

Things to Consider:

Purpose: Is the purpose of the location to ride out a storm or can it be used as a long-term fully contained home base if needed?

Supplies and self-sufficiency: How long will the current last? Is there enough water?Are there ways of replenish the supplies such as hydroponic vegetable growing, farm animals, or nearby hunting?

Air quality: What kind of filtration and ventilation are available? This is particularly important for underground bunkers, but can also come up when heavy smoke or pollution such as from wildfires or industrial accidents cover an area.

Water availability: When you run out is there a way to get more if infrastructure has not been restored?

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