The Bombshelter was popular in American culture during the Cold War in the 1950s. With Russia as a threat of having a nuclear bomb, those who could, built bomb shelters in their homes and backyards in case of a possible attack. The idea is, that if there was in fact a nuclear bomb dropped in an area where you or your family is vulnerable, you would head into the bomb shelter until it was safe to come back out. Naturally there would have to be plumbing, heating and/or air conditioning, and plenty of food and water.
The price to build one today is about $40k on average. Naturally it could be as low as $20k or as high as $2 million, depending on the size and what you want your accommodations to be, simple or luxurious, and how many people can comfortably live there for a period of time.
As scary as this is, there was actually a really good comedy made about it – Blast from the Past. It is a romantic comedy, but it entails all the reasons and culture around a family that grew up in a bomb shelter, isolated from the public.
In spite of all the Cold War paranoia and propaganda, there are reasonable situations where a bomb shelter might be of great use. It could be a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado or even a blizzard that could cover a small single floor home.
And as crazy as all of this sounds, we are almost there again due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. People are hoarding masks, water, toilet paper, and of course canned goods. While we do not need to build an underground structure, there is reasonable caution to have the ability to remain indoors, with proper ventilation with clean air and food should this situation get worse.
While there is an industry out there preying on paranoia, there are groups of individuals, known as survivalists, that realize, in a disaster, natural, man-made or otherwise, that in such a situation, you cannot eat money, stocks, bond, and even automobiles cannot drive fast enough to get you out of town should something like this happen.
Not everyone has the room, space, budget or knowledge to build a bomb shelter. But if you have a man cave, why not be sure its disaster-ready with plenty of canned food, clean water and a place you can live for a reasonable amount of time should an extraordinary event occur? Why does everyone wait until the first snowflake before they run to the supermarket to kill each other for the last carton of milk or eggs?
Being prepared is never a bad thing. Especially if it is stocking up on things you will unarguably use within the next 6 months and/or will not expire in the next 12-24 months.
- Bottled water (water to drink, cook food, even wash with)
- Paper products (napkins, toilet paper, paper towels)
- Canned food (beans, vegetables, soups)
- Dried food (pasta, rice, beans)
- Toiletry (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes,
- First aid (aspirin, bandaids, cotton swabs, etc)
This is not about hoarding or taking every last item off the shelf, leaving nothing for those who do not plan. However, keeping a reasonable supply of these items will serve you, the community and your loved ones. Perhaps even your neighbors. Buy it when its available, not when its in short supply, which always causes a bigger crisis like we keep seeing over and over again since this pandemic began over 2 years ago.