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Sandbags for Fallout Shelters

If an underground fallout shelter is out of the question, then why not build an above ground fallout shelter in your garage? You can stack sandbags along the walls of the garage. You will need to either build an internal roof in the garage in order to stack sandbags, or a slanted wall going from the floor up to the ceiling. The slanted wall would have less stress on it as you stack sandbags.

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* Flood control and protection
* Reinforcing existing dike structures
* Erosion control
* Levee construction
* Providing extra weight for traffic / road signs
* Paintball courses
* Extra weight for winter traction for pickup trucks or cars

Features of our Polypropylene Sandbags include:

* Same day shipping
* Attached ties for closing bags
* Flat bags
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* Double sewn seams
* Hemmed top / folded bottom
* Resists punctures and/or tears

Read our Sand Bag FAQ for more information on sandbags and how to load, stack and build flood walls.

UV Treated

Sandbags that will be exposed to direct sunlight are treated with ultra violet to protect them from direct sunshine. The higher the UV rating, the longer the bags will last in direct sunlight. When not in direct sunlight, the sandbags will last much longer.

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14″ x 26″ – 50 lb Capacity
Tie string attached for easy closing
Woven polypropylene made from circular woven tapes
1000 bags per bale
1200 hours UVI rating
Colors – white and orange
18″ x 27″ – 65 lb Capacity
Tie string attached for easy closing
Woven polypropylene made for circular woven tapes
1000 bags per bale
1200 hours UVI rating
Colors – white and orange

United States Military Specifications Sandbags

Approved for Department of Defense and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, heavy woven polypropylene sandbags made in the U.S.A.
(Bags are made to order)
14″ x 26″ – 50 lb capacity
Tie string attached for easy closing
Extra heavy woven polypropylene made from circular woven tapes
500 bags per bale
1200 UVI rating
Color – Military Green
All bags are manufactured per United States military specifications and Made in USA

We also stock Burlap Sandbags.
14″ x 26″ – 50 lb capacity
10 oz material
Tie string attached for easy closing
500 bags per bale
Our burlap sandbags are “treated” to prevent rot and mildew. This also extends the life of the bag by withstanding moisture and sun.

* Sandbags are shipped within 1 business day after receiving order. Overnight and Saturday deliveries are available.
* Emergency Orders can be called in during our 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST –Monday thru Friday at 1-800-550-BAGS. You can also place your order on our website at www.unitedbags.com.

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Bomb Shelters – Reviews of Bomb Fallout Shelters – Popular Mechanics

The Cheapie-Cheap Fallout Shelter

This could possibly be one of the most uncomfortable fallout shelters on the planet that actually works.

There’s little room for the penny-pinchers in the underground sheltering market, with construction estimates of up to $400 per square foot, and prefab shelters with $50,000 price tags. “That’s why we came out with the Mini Blast Shelter,” KI4U’s Shane Connor says. “We came out with it so more people could actually see themselves in a shelter.”

Essentially, the Mini Blast Shelter is nothing more than a 12-foot length of galvanized, corrugated road culvert—the same kind a utility uses to build drainage—with a pair of blast-proof entry and exit hatches welded to the top. It’s easily the most affordable prefabricated shelter available. Ready to bury when you buy it, the Mini Blast Shelter requires just an afternoon’s worth of backhoeing before it’s underground and good to go.

The savings come at a cost, though, primarily in comfort. “It’s cramped and it’s uncomfortable,” Connor says. “But when something nuclear happens, and it’s inevitable, it’s better than the alternative,” he adds. “Sheltering is only essential for the first couple of days, and most people can hunker down for two or three days until the worst is past.”

Bomb Shelters – Reviews of Bomb Fallout Shelters – Popular Mechanics

Japanese Nuclear-Meltdown Fears Spark Iodine Shortage in Seattle – Seattle News – The Daily Weekly

As Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactor toes the edge of a full-scale meltdown, Seattleites 6,000 miles away are taking no chances in girding their bodies against a radioactive onslaught. Folks here aren’t yet retreating to fallout shelters–that’s too heartland-conservative. Rather, they’re combating the issue in a decidedly Seattle way–through health supplements. In fact, local health stores tell Seattle Weekly that potassium iodine tablets, drops, and natural iodine-containing products like seaweed (which are said to offer marginal protections against radiation) are either completely sold out or on the verge of being so.

Aryn Perea, manager at the Super Supplements branch in the U District, says that her store has received hundreds of calls in the last few days from panicked residents looking for iodine tablets to help save them from being infected by the inevitable radiation cloud that will consume us all.

But for those folks still determined to load up their bodies with iodine, Perea at Super Supplements has some advice.

First, don’t take iodine for more than 10 days because it’s toxic at that point,” she says. “If a store is out, you can also get iodine from Asian foods with seaweed and kelp in it. But really, just stop freaking out.”

Japanese Nuclear-Meltdown Fears Spark Iodine Shortage in Seattle – Seattle News – The Daily Weekly

US vulnerable and unprepared for nuclear attack

Given this potential, the review concludes that the US appears to be inadequately prepared. During the Cold War, for example, it was standard for the military to require that equipment be “hardened” to survive the Electromagnet Pulse EMP) produced by a nuclear explosion. However, today the US has far less hardened electronics, and ironically, tends to be more reliant upon these electronic systems than ever before.

Also, the level of infrastructure has decreased. Fallout shelters, for example, used to be fairly commonly found in public areas, and now far fewer of these are operational. Certainly not as many people have bomb shelters in their back yards, or stockpiles of food, and medicines such as Potassium-Iodide, which can protect against thyroid cancer resulting from exposure to nuclear fallout.

US vulnerable and unprepared for nuclear attack

Preparing for a ‘nuclear event’ – LA Daily News

Local officials taking inventory of bomb and fallout shelters

While the possibility of a nuclear attack in Los Angeles seems almost unthinkable, local officials are inventorying hundreds of old bomb and fallout shelters as part of their preparations for a “radiological or nuclear event.”

Los Angeles and other metropolitan areas are drafting emergency plans while federal agencies study how to prepare the public for what county public health Director Jonathan Fielding describes as a “low-likelihood, huge-consequences event.”

Preparing for a ‘nuclear event’ – LA Daily News

Fallout shelters were the rage in the ’50s and ’60s | Hudson Star-Observer

In the 1950s and early 1960s, the buzz word in American homes was “fallout shelter.”

A fallout shelter was a civil defense initiative intended to reduce casualties in a nuclear war. It was designed to allow occupants to avoid exposure to harmful radioactive fallout from a nuclear blast and its likely aftermath of radiation until radioactivity dropped to a safer level.

Fallout shelters were the rage in the ’50s and ’60s | Hudson Star-Observer | Hudson, Wisconsin

The Bomb Shelter Business is Booming – Popular Mechanics

The bomb shelter business is booming. At least that’s the consensus of the men and women who design, construct and install underground sanctuaries. They attribute the growth in business to Kim Jong Il’s erratic missile lobbing, the intransigent Iranian clerics hell-bent on getting nuclear weaponry, the impending total collapse of the global financial system, and the end of the world in 2012, as predicted by the Mayan Calendar.

“For whatever reason—and we’re not totally sure ourselves—but business is incredible,” Brian V. Camden, an engineer at high-end shelter builder Hardened Stuctures, says. “Twenty-twelve, the financial collapse: I just had to hire a new architect Tuesday. Right now we’re doing a lot in Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania. All through Appalachia, it’s people who share a similar mind-set.”

6 Top Bomb Shelters – Fallout Shelters You Can Buy Now – Popular Mechanics

Nuclear Survival – Prefabricated Fallout Shelters

Are you are survivalist intent on surviving nuclear war? Check out the fallout shelters from Safecastle. They make big metal boxes that are then buried several feet underground. This looks like an inexpensive way to to. Although, it’s still not cheap. I’ve listed information from their eBay ad further down the page.

Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Fallout Shelters

Safecastle prefabricated fallout shelters are made of steel up to 7/16″ thick. The primary differences between our storm shelters and our fallout shelters are found in modifications to the door, steps, and air vents to make them virtually impervious to radiological, biological, or chemical contamination.

NOTE: Our fallout shelters come standard with a 12-person Swiss-made chemical and biological air filtration system with both electrical and hand-powered capability. We also offer larger systems at additional cost.

To some extent, our shelters also provide blast protection, depending upon proximity to and power of a blast. As with all our shelters, your NBC / fallout shelter is made to your size specifications.

Fallout Shelter with Hatch Door or Entry Door
The most inexpensive approach to installing a Safecastle fallout shelter is to opt for a shelter with a 32″-square blast-door hatch. The door base is built in a way so that you can put two layers of boards and two layers of sand bags to prevent radiation from penetrating that hatch entrance “weak point.” The rest of the shelter is already adequately protected from fallout radiation by the dirt/fill shielding on top of the shelter.

A popular alternative is to install a 30″ x 72″ door which extends 30″ above the top of the shelter.

Reference to our Door Bases
Our fallout shelters come with a standard door base 30″ tall. This will put the door entrance just above the ground level. The top of the shelter will be approximately 30″ below ground. Any door base that extends above the top of the shelter more than the standard 30″ base, has to be hauled separately from the shelter. This door base over 30″ tall will have a door 32″ wide and 32″ long with ladder type steps going down into the shelter.

Visit our Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Fallout Shelters Gallery for pictures and descriptions of options and features.

Check out their eBay ad:

Details on the high-quality fallout shelter offered here as a “Buy Now” opportunity for $29,900 as of 7/12/2008:

  • Your shelter is an underground model, 7′ tall, 7′ wide, 20′ long.
  • Built out of plate steel, from 3/16ths to 7/16ths of an inch thick, with integral heavy-duty channel iron bracing.
  • Is designed by a structural engineer to withstand tremendous physical forces, to include up to 330 mph winds (while many competitors’ are made for 250 mph winds, if at all).
  • Meets or exceeds all F.E.M.A. guidelines for N.B.C. shelters (nuclear, biological, chemical).
  • Topped with a blast door approximately 32″x32″ with heavy duty latches, hinges, and lift cylinders to make the door easy to lift and lower.
  • Steel non-slip ladder-type steps going down into the shelter.
  • Includes a leading-edge VA 40 Filtration System with hand crank and AC electrical function; with ventilator, crank handle for electrical failure, emergency light, cover and set of rubber hoses, chemical/biological gas filter, intake and exhaust blast valves–all mounted in the shelter. This filtration unit is rated for up to 12 people. Larger units are available.
  • Includes prepackaged magnesium anodes for corrosion protection that adds many years to the already long life expectancy of these shelters and delivers triple the expected life span of some others’ shelters. The exterior is also double coated on the outside for flawless moisture protection.
  • It offers the optional security vault feature, adding to the value and functionality of the shelter and the types of protection it will offer your family. The door going into the vault section of the shelter is made of heavy-gauge steel. The door has a heavy-duty, pick-proof, hardened-steel, dead-bolt lock that can only be opened with your key. (The door can be opened from inside the vault without a key, in case you accidentally lock yourself in.) These vaults can protect you and your valuables.
  • Includes the optional safety feature of an 8-ton hydraulic jack in case anything like a fallen tree or debris blocks the exit door. It will lift the door in excess of 20 inches to facilitate your escape.
  • The shelter is to be installed so that the roof is approximately three feet below the surface of the ground above it.
  • The interior is primed, painted, and carpeted.
  • A seal-able opening is provided to allow for your home’s heating and air conditioning to maintain comfort in the shelter (consult with your local HVAC professional).
  • There are inlets for electrical lines and openings for TV cable, telephone, cell phone antennae, etc. A small circuit box is included and attached to the wall, as well as fixture and switch boxes. There are hooks on the ceiling to hang lanterns, lights, etc.
  • Three fold-up bed frames, with mattresses, are welded to the wall.
  • An advanced sewage system, an additional escape hatch, and entryway extensions are available at additional cost.
  • Of course, the space is utilitarian – it also makes for excellent additional storage space or a room for your workshop.

The cost of delivery and installation in most areas of the U.S. is included in this price. Before buying, please email us so that we can confirm that you are in an area that this company will deliver to.

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Fallout Shelters

A fallout shelter is an enclosed space specially designed to protect occupants from radioactive debris or fallout resulting from a nuclear explosion. Many such shelters were constructed as civil defence measures during the Cold War.

After a nuclear explosion, matter vaporized in the resulting fireball is exposed to neutrons from the explosion, absorbs them, and becomes radioactive. When this material condenses in the cloud, it forms dust and light sandy material that resembles ground pumice. The fallout emits both beta particles and gamma rays. Much of this highly radioactive material then falls to earth, subjecting anything within the line of sight to radiation, a significant hazard. A fallout shelter is designed to allow its occupants to minimize exposure to harmful fallout until radioactivity has decayed to a safer level.

A basic fallout shelter consists of shields that reduce gamma ray exposure by a factor of 1000. The required shielding can be accomplished with 10 times the amount of any quantity of material capable of cutting gamma ray effects in half. Shields that reduce gamma ray intensity by 50% (1/2) include 1 cm (0.4 inch) of lead, 6 cm (2.4 inches) of concrete, 9 cm (3.6 inches) of packed dirt or 150 m (500 ft) of air. When multiple thicknesses are built, the shielding multiplies. Thus, a practical fallout shield is ten halving-thicknesses of packed dirt, reducing gamma rays by 1024 times (210).

Usually, an expedient purpose-built fallout shelter is a trench, with a strong roof buried by ~1 m (3 ft) of dirt. The two ends of the trench have ramps or entrances at right angles to the trench, so that gamma rays cannot enter (they can travel only in straight lines). To make the overburden waterproof (in case of rain), a plastic sheet should be buried a few inches below the surface and held down with rocks or bricks.

Climate control
Dry earth is a reasonably good thermal insulator, and over several weeks of habitation, a shelter will become too hot for comfort. The simplest form of effective fan to cool a shelter is a wide, heavy frame with flaps that swings in the shelter’s doorway and can be swung from hinges on the ceiling. The flaps open in one direction and close in the other, pumping air. Attach a rope, and take turns swinging it. (This is a Kearny Air Pump, or KAP, named after the inventor.)

Unfiltered air is safe, since the most dangerous fallout has the consistency of sand or finely ground pumice. Such large particles are not easily ingested into the soft tissues of the body, so extensive filters are not required. Any exposure to fine dust is far less hazardous than exposure to the gamma from the fallout outside the shelter. Dust fine enough to pass the entrance will probably pass through the shelter.

Effective public shelters can be the middle floors of some tall buildings or parking structures, or below ground level in most buildings with more than 10 floors. The thickness of the upper floors must form an effective shield, and the windows of the sheltered area must not view fallout-covered ground that is closer than 1.5 km (1 mi).

A battery-powered radio is very helpful to get reports of fallout patterns and clearance. In many countries (including the U.S.) civilian radio stations have emergency generators with enough fuel to operate for extended periods without commercial electricity.

It is possible to construct an electrometer-type radiation meter called the Kearny Fallout Meter from plans with just a coffee can or pail, gypsum board, monofilament fishing line, and aluminum foil. Plans are in the reference “Nuclear War Survival Skills” by Cresson Kearny.

More fallout shelter information from Wikipedia.

Fallout Shelter Kit