Camping & Survival

3 Effective Locations for Survival Shelters

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Survival shelters and backyard bunkers are beginning to make a comeback. Whether because of the impending zombie apocalypse or rising tensions between global superpowers, you might be wondering where you should set up if things go south.

Here are three effective locations for survival shelters to keep you safe in a worst-case scenario:

1. The Backyard Bunker

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If you live in an area that’s prone to tornados, you may already have an underground bunker in your backyard. If not, you can still build a reliable shelter that will keep you safe from outside threats.

Ideally, you’ll want a structure that’s strong enough to protect you from tornados, bombs and even nuclear fallout, if it comes to that. In short, this project isn’t something you can knock out in a weekend.

It’s an involved undertaking that requires a significant amount of planning. You may have to obtain construction permits from your local city planner’s office.

With that in mind, don’t start digging a hole until you have the necessary permits. You don’t want to dig into a water, gas or electrical utility line, so cover all your bases before you begin.

2. The Reinforced Garage

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If you live in an area where digging a hole in your yard isn’t an option—such as Florida, where the water table is shallow and anything you dig will end up filled with water—you’re not out of options.

As long as you have a garage—either attached or detached from the home—you can turn it into a survival shelter. It won’t be as strong as an underground bunker, but it will suffice if you’re in need of a safe space.

You’re already using your garage to store supplies, so think of this as the next natural step.

Of course, there’s still work to do. You’ll likely want to reinforce the structure of the garage by adding a bracing system to the door and the framework. An insulated garage door is also a good idea, as it has a range of benefits:

  • Improved durability
  • Soundproofing
  • Temperature regulation

These are all important features to keep in mind when organizing a garage shelter. That said, your garage isn’t going to protect you from nuclear fallout unless you make significant changes.

It can keep you safe with a few modifications, however, and they’re not too labor-intensive. Even an unmodified garage is better than nothing.

3. The Portable Wilderness Shelter

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If a conventional shelter isn’t an option, you’ll want to stay in constant motion to keep safe. To that end, you should turn your vehicle into a portable survival shelter.

When you’ve made the necessary adjustments, your car, truck or SUV can give you all the tools you need to survive in any situation. What are the benefits? Here are a few:

  • Transportation
  • Power
  • Communication
  • Shelter
  • Storage
  • Defense

In a life-or-death situation where you’re forced to make quick decisions, your car will prove indispensable. Whether you’re driving from place to place or you need somewhere to sleep, a vehicle is an absolute necessity.


Best of all, it’s relatively easy to turn your car or truck into a portable survival shelter.

Protect Yourself with Survival Shelters

survival shelters - backyard bunker

Survival shelters will keep you safe in many end-of-the-world scenarios. Whatever comes your way, you’ll have the means to protect yourself and those in your life.

Of course, that type of thinking may sound paranoid, but it’s better to have a shelter and never need it than nothing at all. With that in mind, you can start preparing today by gathering a few survival supplies.

Do you have a survival shelter? Give us details about your existing shelter (or ideas for one) in the comments below.

About the Author:

Dylan Bartlett

Dylan Bartlett, aka, “The Regular Guide,” writes about the outdoors, survivalism and similar topics on his blog. He's an avid hiker and enjoys roughing it in unfamiliar territory. Check out Just a Regular Guide to read more of his work, or follow him on Twitter @theregularguide for updates.
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