Terrorist attacks and natural disasters could strike anytime and in any location. In 2014 alone, 314 natural disasters were recorded throughout the world. Living in the United States, I was drawn to the concept of deep earth bunkers after the September 11th attacks, when I realized none of us are truly safe from disaster. Is your family prepared in the event of a disaster? A deep earth bunker is the most secure form of shelter you could possibly create, allowing you and your family to be protected from virtually any natural disaster or act of terror. Deep earth bunkers prices range drastically, with affordable solutions that can fit your budget.
The Average Cost of Deep Earth Bunkers
The cost of a deep earth bunker ranges considerably, from $30,000 to upwards of $10 million. While there have been cases of people developing luxurious deep earth bunkers, the average family should be able to construct a bunker with minimal cost and resources. The cost of your bunker will depend on many factors including:
- The size of the bunker,
- The depth of the bunker,
- The strength of the bunker,
- And the number of amenities.
You can customize your bunker to suit the precise needs of your family, allowing you to settle on a price that fits your budget. For smaller families, you’ll likely find that an economy-sized bunker is sufficient. For an economy bunker spanning just 8-by-12 feet, the cost can range from $30,000 to $40,000. For a model that is 10-by-20 feet, prices can be between $50,000 and $60,000 dollars. For a larger family requiring more space, or for a bunker that can hold ample food and supplies, prices range from $70,000 to $100,000.
Other Cost Considerations
In addition to the size and depth of the bunker, you need to consider the quality and fortitude of the bunker you’re seeking. Ask yourself what your primary goals from the bunker are. If you are hoping to use it to survive natural disasters, then a basic-level bunker should be sufficient. However, for bunkers that can withstand bombs, the cost will increase substantially. Bomb shelters are typically deeper into the earth, requiring more labor to construct, while also requiring more resources to ensure the shelter and withstand a bomb. A bomb shelter that is 10-by-50 feet, for instance, will likely cost around $115,000.
Building Bomb Shelters and Emergency Bunkers on a Budget
The cost of hiring a company to build a deep earth bunker is considerably costly, and it exceeds the budget of the majority of people. There are a lot of ways you can construct a bunker for less, particularly if you’re willing to do a lot of the work yourself. According to UndergroundBombShelter.com, the resources needed to construct a bomb shelter can be purchased for around $5,000 to $6,000. By renting, rather than purchasing, the necessary building equipment, you can further reduce the cost.
Materials Needed to Build the Bunker
The materials needed to build a bunker will largely depend on preference. One easy and economical option is to use a large shipping container as the primary structure of the bunker. You’ll also need to excavate the dirt, which will require large machinery, such as a power shovel, backhoe, or trenching machine. You also need to consider the plumbing and septic tank needed to ensure a high level of sanitation, so your family can remain in excellent health while living in the bunker. This video provides a rough tutorial about how to build an underground bunker.
What Should You Put in Your Bunker?
In addition to the cost of building the bunker, you need to consider the cost of stocking it. If you’re hoping the bunker can serve as a shelter to house you and your family for considerable lengths of time, then you need to heavily stock all of the materials necessary to your everyday life. You need to consider the space you have available and the calorie requirements of your family. By finding incredibly calorie-dense, nutrient-rich food sources, you’ll be able to fit more food into the bunker.
S.O.S. Emergency Food Ration is a calorie-dense fortified food bar that can sustain you and your family for a long time. Survival Tabs are another great option, containing all the nutrients needed to sustain you, while packed into small tabs. You should also stockpile other emergency supplies including first aid kits, emergency blanket and regular blankets, water, fire-making materials, and air-tight containers for securely storing food. If any moisture or insects contaminate your food source, it could greatly impede upon your ability to survive. This Top 10 Survival List provides more information on the materials you need in your bunker the most.
A natural disaster or terrorist attack could strike at any time, and your family needs to be prepared. Deep earth bunkers prices start around $30,000, provided you’re having it installed by an expert company. However, by doing most of the labor yourself, you can build a safe and secure bunker for under $10,000. If you have any more questions regarding the cost of building a bunker, please leave a comment below.
Actionable Steps to Building a Deep Earth Bunker
- Decide whether you want to hire someone to build it or build it yourself.
- Determine the size requirements and the level of security you hope to achieve.
- Develop a blueprint for the bunker.
- Gather the supplies, renting or borrowing as much as possible to reduce the cost.
- Consider sanitation requirements, and ensure a septic tank is factored into your blueprint.
- After the bunker is complete, be sure to stock it with enough food and supplies to sustain you and your family. Remember, all food needs to be stored in secure, air-tight bins.
- Bomb Shelter FAQ’s
- Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2014: The numbers and trends
- Layouts & Pricing of Bunkers