The High Security Shelter - How to Implement a Multi-Purpose Safe Room in the Home
by Joel Skousen
THE HIGH SECURITY SHELTER, 5TH EDITION Decades of peace and prosperity have led millions of Americans to build homes with only basic protections against adverse weather and mild burglary. Natural disasters have left thousands of homes devastated, and their owners and families without simple comforts or a safe place to ride out the event. Now even bigger threats are looming on the horizon as superpowers build up armies, navies and nuclear weapons. Already the ambitions of Russia and China are being felt on neighboring countries. Americans are totally unprepared for the effects of war, radioactivity, long periods without utilities or modern communications, and the ensuing social unrest. But you can be prepared. In this do-it-yourself guide you will find designs, instructions and resources to help you plan out, build and outfit a high security shelter or fortified closet within an existing house to guard against some or all of these threats. This book explains how to implement all of the most important aspects of a shelter or safe room, including: • Reinforced, fire-resistant structure • Plans and layouts to fit a variety of houses • High security doors and locks • Backup electrical power • Filtered air systems • EMP and surge protection • Tunnels and emergency escape routes • Water storage • Plumbing and electrical systems • Resource lists of products and components If you plan on staying in your existing home through the coming hard times, this book can show you how to build your own secure room block by block and bag of concrete by bag of concrete. For information on adding a shelter during new construction or remodel we refer you to our companion publication, The Secure Home, 4th Edition also by Joel and Andrew Skousen.