How to Build a Bunker

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Having a bunker is great because there could be potential SHTF scenario when you could need a life saving structure to hide yourself for some time.

Therefore building a bunker is a wise choice for every survivalist thinker and a must have for every experienced survivalist.

It is important to note that building a bunker might sound easy but the truth remains that it is not easy.

However, the good news is that after all said and done, you will have a structure that give you peace of mind knowing that you and your family will be safe from any potential disaster.

Getting Started:

Before building any structure, you will surely need a permit.

The implication of this is that the entire construction is expected to be in accordance with the provisions of the state laws. I

f you do not get the required permit, there are chances that you may have to face some law suits or fines and this is what you should avoid.

Sometimes, people don’t understand the essence of permits.

For example, there may be gas or water pipes that could have been buried the area of your backyard, checking these things legally will bring it to the fore. You can then be cleared to dig by the authorities.

Planning is Important:

Even if you are a professional, it is important to always make a plan and this is not different when building a bunker.

In fact, all factors need to be put into consideration. The kind of soil in your backyard, the presence of concrete that could affect digging and everything in between should be looked into during the planning stage.

If houses already have foundations that are deeply dug, building a bunker will require much more planning and work.

When you have considered all these factors like ventilation, soil type, mold, radiation etc that may likely exist or not exit, it will be time to determine the type of bunker you would like to build.

It might be directly under your home or you might want to first build a shack under which you can then build a bunker.

All these options are strictly your choice but you must note that there are advantages of building any of the options.

For example, when you build under your home, the barrier of coming across gas installations or digging through a concrete will be eliminated.

However, it is important to note that if you lack the required skills to effective plan the building, then it is important to bring in an expert who will make the plan as well as ascertain if building the bunker under your home is a good idea in the first place.

Digging is next:

When everything above is settled, then you might want to start digging.

The best idea for digging is to use machinery because it will make it faster especially if you are working within a time frame.

You can always rent the equipment that is needed for digging or hire someone with the right machinery to help you in the digging.

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However, you also have the option of going the old school way by using your shovel to dig but you have to examine the idea properly to see if it is a smart idea.

Build Structure:

You can build structure with your hands. However, a large shipping crate can serve the need if you intend to make the process faster.

If that is your choice, you can then use heavy machines to position the structure or crate into the hole.

If you are building the structure yourself, it is important to plan for the materials that would be used.


It is a good idea to build a passage from your home to the bunker as it provides you with an alternative access to the bunker when needed.

However, you must have to pick the right passage for the passage to make sure it is secured.

You can explore the option of using scaffolding poles which will be useful to support the passages.

Safety Should Not be Overlooked:

You need to secure your bunker and one way to do that is by making it water proof.

You can use a water proof sheet over the ceiling of your bunker to ensure that water does not sip into your bunker.

For someone actively thinking about a SHFT scenario, it would be good to make the bunker entrance hiding. In fact, you could plant trees where the bunker is sited to avoid detection.

Features to be considered:

You must ensure your bunker is survivable.

Water is important and that means you must build your own water supply network.

Food supply, electricity, ventilation and other survival features are expected to be built into the bunker to fortify it.

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2 Comments on How to Build a Bunker

  1. I totally understand the reasoning behind getting a permit but since those are public record, anyone can see that you have a bunker in your backyard. Do you think some people would have an issue with that? Is there any way around it?

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