Preparing For A Disaster? 4 Steps To Take When Planning An Evacuation Shelter

If you've decided that it's time to take emergency preparations to the next level and you're planning on building an evacuation shelter in your yard, make sure you take the time to do it right. Your bug-out shelter will require some serious planning, especially since you and your family, may need to spend a lot of time in it if the world around you collapses. Here are four steps you should take when considering your evacuation shelter.

Plan for Every Detail

When it comes to preparing for your evacuation shelter, you'll need to plan for every detail, including where you'll build it, the type of soil you'll be digging through, and the size of the shelter you plan on building. Not only that, you'll also need to plan for its specific uses. For instance, what type of emergency situations do you anticipate? Will you need a sterile room for decontamination or medical use? As you plan for every detail, you'll be able to create a working blueprint for your shelter.

Obtain Complete Estimates

Once you've got all the details in order and you know what you're looking for, you'll need to obtain the estimates. This is where the details come in handy. Use the detailed plans you've developed to obtain a complete estimate for the work. The estimates should include everything from the excavation of the site, to the construction of the tunnel system. If you hadn't considered a tunnel system, you should. A tunnel system will allow you to navigate between sections without being detected. This is particularly beneficial if you plan on building more than one underground structure.

Apply for Permits

Before you begin any construction on your underground evacuation shelter, visit your city planning office, and apply for the proper permits. Beginning construction without the proper permits could end up costing you more in the way of fines, and legal actions. Even the permit process causes minor delays in your construction schedule, it's better to delay than to face a complete shut-down of your project.

Secure the Construction Site

Since your project is going to include excavation and tunneling, it's important that you secure the construction site. Before you begin the excavation, be sure to place barriers around the site. This will prevent people from falling into the open pit. You'll also need to make sure that proper procedures are followed by all the construction crews you hire, including the proper shoring-up of any tunnel walls. The last thing you want is a collapse, or cave-in, during the construction project.

Now that it's time to build your evacuation shelter, use the tips provided here to get the job done safely, and efficiently. For more information about creating your space, contact a consulting group like Wirthlin Consulting Group.