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If you’re reading this, you probably already know that a bunker is an underground shelter, often used in wartime. You probably remember the bomb shelters from the 50s and 60s. Those are good examples of bunkers that come in handy in the event of a nuclear disaster, a tornado or any other SHTF emergency. These shelters can be made of concrete and steel, extremely large and luxurious or a simple utilitarian design. Make sure you follow plans to have the sturdiest construction with adequate ventilation and escape routes. No matter what type of bunker you have, stocking it with supplies should be a primary concern once you’ve built it.
The supplies you keep in a bunker should be similar those you’d store in your home for bugging in. You also should have a method of tracking expiration dates on food items. If you have access to your bunker through a hidden doorway in the basement or easy access from outside, you can use it as the primary storage area for your family.
Storing the items is no different from storing food in your home. There’s a bit more moisture than there would be in an above ground level storage area, but far less light. Have an adequate supply of canned goods, vacuum packed or freeze dried dry goods and other food items. Some people choose to order already prepared emergency meals that last for a decade or longer to stock the area. Don’t forget about pets when planning your food stock.
Some underground shelters have a water pump, but still need water to prime it. Bottled water is important when stocking your shelter. Plan for the long run and include at least a gallon or two per day, per person. Again, just like food, rotate your supply and don’t forget pets.
Depending on the size of your bunker, you may have room for a camping toilet. If you built the shelter for long term housing, install plumbing for waste evacuation and have a hand pump to flush the waste down. Some people use buckets and kitty litter, covering the waste each time with a layer of litter. Pets need potties too, so have a litter box ready for kitty and potty pads for your pup. Don’t forget heavy duty trash bags, toilet paper and toiletries, such as tooth paste and soap.
Other items you need in your stockpile
Prescription drugs for all family members, including pets.
Flashlights or portable lanterns
Pots and pans
A camping stove or other method of cooking
Eating utensils and plates (While disposable plates and silverware may be convenient, if you’re underground for several weeks they build up. It’s better to use regular plates,)
Dish washing soap, a dish pan and dish towels and rags
Crayons, coloring books or other form of entertainment for the children and adults