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"The updated FEMA guidance would be for the 60 largest urban areas in the US and will rely on newer detonation models created by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. These models take into account weather patterns that direct and distort weapon clouds, as well as the shelter provided by concrete structures. “A 10 times larger [explosion] yield does not make things 10 times worse,” LLNL’s Brooke Buddemeier said at the workshop. People remaining in shelters in the hours and days after a blast greatly lower their chances of getting radiation sickness.
The new FEMA plan will also have to consider modern contingencies such as cyberweapons striking power plants and cell phone signals before a blast, or a nuclear blackmail scenario where a single bomb is detonated followed by threats to set off more unless demands are met."
“In response to an audience question, [FEMA Chief of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Branch] said the agency has also considered scenarios where a nuclear bomb, a cyberattack, a coordinated electromagnetic pulse, and biological weapons all hit the US at the same time.”

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"But it is perhaps the most timely addition of a fully equipped concrete nuclear fallout shelter that has buyers excited.  Built into the ground floor of each villa, with its own HEPA air filtration system, the shelter doubles as a home spa or third bedroom, and is made of the most advanced designs through Hardened Structures, one of the top American engineering companies specializing in custom bomb shelters." 
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Silicon Valley's Doomsday: Prepping For An     Economic Apocalypse : Divided America Part 1 of 4 AJ+ Docos

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As Silicon Valley works toward an automated future, many fear that the resulting unemployment will cause deep unrest, and soon. These survivalists are preparing themselves and their families to live out this technological apocalypse in style, complete with bunkers, off-grid homes and the guns to defend them.

AJ+'s documentary series Divided America explores the new realities of a country split along ideology, religion, race and wealth. The four-part series examines the issues of refugees fleeing for Canada, the wealthy preparing for economic disaster, defunding of Planned Parenthood and the battle over public land in the West. 

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Bunker: The Architecture of Dread ( to be published Sept 2019 ) : Bradley Garrett
"Prepping for the apocalypse: bunkers, bullets, bitcoins and billionaires : Doomsday Prepping, or equipping oneself to survive an imminent apocalypse, has morphed from the activity of a small sub-culture to become a multi-billion dollar industry. For some Americans, investing in a modest, subterranean bunker with a blast door, has become a feasible alternative to a holiday home. 

Meanwhile, Silicon Valley’s super-rich have been building extravagant doomsday bunkers in remote parts of New Zealand, complete with underground cinemas, pools, cryogenic facilities and helipads. Dr Bradley Garrett is an urban geographer, interested in how we inhabit the spaces we build, and what that says about society on the whole. He’s also an urban explorer, accomplished at breaking into abandoned, subterranean spaces such as underground tunnels and disused Cold War bunkers. Brad’s current research project on ‘prepping’, undertaken for the University of Sydney, has seen him visit the sites of new and re-purposed bunker developments around the world, talking with wealthy developers, global bunker / fortified homes builders Hardened Structures, devout Mormons, and ‘mom and pop’ investors. He says the notion of planning for a future threat is not entirely irrational. He also has plans for a bunker of his own." 

Further information and listening : Bradley Garrett is a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, School of Geosciences. Listen to Brad’s original conversation with Richard, on Urban Exploration. Podcast 52 mins

“My current research project is a multi-year ethnography with groups and individuals who are ‘prepping’ for calamity, disaster, and even apocalypse. This project is being undertaken as a University of Sydney Research fellow, and with the support of Penguin Books in the UK and Scribner in the USA, who will be jointly publishing Bunker: The Architecture of Dread in 2019.

These prepping activities, though similar to the back-to-the-wilderness survivalism of the past, are also a reflection of contemporary society. It has recently been estimated that three to four million Americans are preppers, and in recent years survivalism has expanded to more affluent quarters of society and well beyond America. From wealthy Russian oligarchs buying whole pacific islands, to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs purchasing swathes of land in New Zealand, to the Vivos Group’s recent acquisition of 575 derelict munitions bunkers in South Dakota, prepping today takes place on a broader scale and appeals to a wider range of actors. Their preparations also seem more rational with each eye-watering news cycle.

What is more terrible than the unknown? During World War II and the Cold War, people around the world lived with fear and anxiety about particular dangers – from aerial bombings to potential nuclear annihilation. Today however, we are paralyzed by dread, flailing in every direction to fend off the unknown, the undiscernible, the intangible and the boundless. Today, the elevation of fear onto the level of the sublime has filled us with inveterate dread.

If the four horsemen represent Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death, all indicators of chaos visited upon the world, then the fifth horseman is dread. Amorphous, chimeric, porous and insidious, the fifth horseman has embedded himself deep in the collective psyche, stimulating mental disorders and triggering waves of activities – desperate attempts to stave off the fermenting affects. In prepping, I argue, contemporary survivalists are not actually preparing for speculative calamity but are instead are trying to control the present by building a solution for a problem they have not yet identified, one perpetuated by dread, the fifth horseman.

Preppers, however militant and exclusionary they may appear at first blush, deserve to be responded to with empathy and given space to articulate their motivations, particularly in the context of much recent research around the Anthropocene, which makes quite clear that we are past the tipping point and that the world we knew is undergoing rapid transformation. As such, adaptation is overtaking mitigation in climate change discourse, and understanding the motivations of preppers may play an important role in understanding that shift, if we see their activities as being rooted in a form of existential dread that is undertheorized and understudied yet all-too-familiar. Respect or despise their ethos, they may also provide us with key solutions, since their cultural practices hinge on solutions and action; on the production of space.

Bunker  will follow both the builders and buyers of survivalist architectures. Unlike many journalists, I am less interested in the newsworthy-nature of the constructions and more interested in the philosophy behind the construction, the characters involved, and the ways the environments and communities they build in will take shape over the next few years.

If you are a prepper or involved in prepping activities and would like to get in touch, please email me
Dr Bradley Garrett : Bunker: The Architecture of Dread (2019)

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Essentially, most other companies in this market segment are selling a product. A pre manufactured transportable bunker. They are offered in multiple sizes and configurations, but all seem to be of a similar scale and performance quality. 

The consumer needs to accept this quality level meets their needs and adjust purchase by selecting which vendor, which product, and which options.Similar to an automotive purchase.

This is adequate for many of the bunker seeking consumers in the sub $250k USD segment of the market.

Hardened structures approach is different. A / the term is "Bespoke".

We provide a SERVICE not a product. Licensed engineers, architects, and seasoned security professionals (Navy SEALS and similar) listen to each of a new potential clients needs, meet with them, visit their exact home site, or help make recommendations when multiple sites are short listed for final selection.
Our first service to clients is a Confidential Client Interview Process and Site Assessment comprised of at least 5 hours of preliminary contact time to determine three key components to shelter design
Client Threat Hierarchy,
Client Assets to Protect
Client Site assessment, tactical, strategic, conductibility etc.
The result of this initial interview process is the development of a pre-design program development document titled "The Personal Protection Plan" is a typical introductory letter we sent clients about these services.

This is a necessary precursor to professional design services.
If a client comes to a competitor and says we want a 300 square foot bullet proof safe room; the Vendor give them a product in about 300SF with some standard level of bullet resistance, with some possibility for upgrade, or maybe not.
Some vendors offer installation services, some vendors can recommend third party contractors to installs it, others are DIY.

When the same client comes to us we ask questions"
What threat are we protecting against? Example, "bullet proof" is a misnomer, its bullet resistant to one of about 9 UL752 level of protection or NIJ levels in roman numerals "1" through "IV" with sub "A" for each such as "IIIA" is 44 magnum handgun protection and lessor threats. We want to design protect against actual threats and neither over nor under engineer the right solution. Similar for nuclear/radiation protection. Is the client site in the epicenter of a potential blast area, like a major US metro area, or in a suburban neighborhood, or rural community far from and known targets. So these sorts of topics interface with the below line item about Site considerations

How many people are we protecting? (Why 300 SF, what if we find-out they have a family/friends group of 8)
Where is this going to be built, inside a house, next to the house, under the house. How does someone enter the bunker, what is the emergency escape plan.

Based on the clients responses to our personal protection plan, we can then advance with an actual design solution for the client, the program informs about what is the project scope, budget, site, etc, and what team member we need to provide the design services, what contractors to enlist, products to use, budget to aim for.

These services cost money upfront, and take time. So for a very fast and/or low budget clients, the recommended solution may be, that they purchase a metal prefabricated bunker form a vendors. We are ok making this recommendation when its in the client's best interest to do so.
We have referred literally dozens of clients to the metal bunker companies, and will continue to do so, when its the right solution for the clients needs.

But often even these projects need some level of "bespoke" services, such as how to connect a backyard bunker to an existing home, how to hardened the existing home to delay a forced entry incursions to gain time and situational awareness for the client to gather their children and get to protection, or to provided off grid power to a bunker, or planning emergency egress forma  bunker, and what to do next.

I like to say: "History has been very unkind to refugees" so planning for life after sheltering in place is also part of our consulting services.

Additionally Hardened Structures has site search consultants and tactical training consultants, as well as partnering relations with bunker "kits" for true DIY folks to build themselves or with local tradesmen, and can provide ongoing consulting during construction to advise and recommend methods of construction and product selections.

Douglas Clark is an architect and former US Army Airborne Infantry Officer with Hardened Structures and would be glad to assist you with your project to develop a hardened shelter to meet your stated requirements.
( An introductory brochure is available ).
Costs for a hardened underground shelter varies widely range based on location and the level of protection and types of threats being protected against.
In general, any person seeking such a structures needs to understand the costs of a Hardened Shelter with full life supporting infrastructure are significantly more expensive than a comparable level of luxury in any above ground wood frame home.
We begin each project for our clients with a compensated pre-design consultation service to identify the clients Threat Hierarchy, Assets to Protect, and the Specific Site Conditions. Hardened Structures has developed a Confidential Client Interview Process over the past 26 years to help guide our clients through the necessary decisions to make regarding shelter development.
The deliverable document of this pre-design phase is titled “The Personal Protection Plan” and is similar to professional architects’ pre-design consultation services to define a scope of work and arrive at a possible timeline and conceptual estimate of the project.

The Personal Protection Plan is a narrative and graphic document which documents our findings and recommendations for each client as the precursor to the start of any well thought out design and engineering solution.
  • Client Specific needs development: Identification of client threat hierarchy and Assets to Protect (client group and material assets). It is essential we understand the types of threat we are required to protect each client against. If this is not something you have thought through we have a well developed checklist to discuss with our clients. We also need to arrive at a mutual understanding of the quality and performance levels to achieve. In the Assets to Protect category, we look at many factors including the number of persons to be protected, for how long, and what are the relationships between the parties along with the special needs or skills the group members have. We also help clients plan for after the sheltering event to prevent survivors, who have invested considerable resources developing a hardened shelter, from becoming refugees after the sheltering event occurs.
  • Site Analysis: Based on the clients disclosed threats to protect against, we investigate the site on both on a local and regional scale. We look at both the immediate tactical implications on an event on site, as well as the overlying issues within a particular region vs. the clients’ threats; to be able to foresee participatory events which may modify our recommended solutions.
  • Qualitative Shelter Criteria Recommendations: Based on Threat Hierarchy and the client group we provide our recommendation as to levels of protection needed, and types of technology we recommend including in the shelter solution.
  • Space Planning Program Statement: based on all of the above data and recommendations, we develop a tentative listing of spaces needed within the structure with approximate sizing, and any known adjacency requirements. This becomes the guide for launching into formal design services. If your home is already designed and/or constructed, we may have recommendations to help secure the home in a manner which allows all members of your group to come together and access the shelter quickly and safely in light of an emerging threat event. This topic is not to be overlooked, since the shelter is of no use if your entire family or group cannot gain access to it when it is most urgently needed.
  • Conceptual Cost Estimate: based on approximate per square foot cost at regional market rates for a licensed general contractor to execute the project.
  • Plan of Action: We identify the next steps our client’s need to take to move their project forward and outline the project development process specific to each clients needs.
Please let us know if we may prepare a proposal to present to you for this initial consulting service and some available dates to meet and the best airport to fly into so we can include our expected travels costs. 

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This past month of September was a wild and dangerous ride for many denizens of planet earth. From the USA, to Europe, India, China and Africa, the primary threat came from the massive and sudden amounts of rainfall that swept away land, homes and people. At the same time, many areas received unusually early (or late for the Southern hemisphere) snowfall. Remember, for most of September it was still summer time! North America, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Australasia all received lots of the white stuff.

Hurricane Florence was the major hurricane for this September as it slammed into the SE US coast killing 17 people and dropping massive amounts of rain, while 3 typhoons hit the NW Pacific causing widespread destruction to Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan. Typhoon Jebi, which hit Japan, was the strongest storm in 25 years. Towards the end of the month, a major 7.5 earthquake that gave rise to a devastating tsunami ravaged Indonesia's Sulawesi island. The death toll currently stands at over 2,000, with authorities saying that that number could triple as recovery operations continue.

Like almost every other month in recent years, this past September was also marked by multiple volcanic eruptions, major wildfires and the ever present (and increasing) meteor/fireball sightings. In short, the planet is still rocking and rolling at an alarming pace. Now is not the time to look away!

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