It's hard to read the news and not get nervous about the future. Although many people consider talk of nuclear war as being just that, talk, it's understandable if you would rather get ready for something that may never occur rather than be caught unprepared. If you're shopping for a home, here are two features you should look for that may help you survive the unthinkable.
Finished Subterranean Basement
Possibly the most important feature your home should have is a finished subterranean basement, with an emphasis on the below grown part. While it may be nice to have a walkout basement, it's essential the space be primarily underground. This is because there will be quite a bit of radioactive fallout after a nuclear weapon detonates (approximately 80 percent of the fallout will occur within the first 24 hours), and a below-ground shelter offers the most protection from the dangerous material since the earth provides natural but effective shielding.
A finished basement can act as a temporary living space while you wait for the radiation to dissipate enough to leave your home. Since basements tend to be on the cool side, its an ideal place to stockpile supplies, such as water, canned foods, and batteries. Additionally, even without the threat of nuclear war, a finished basement is still usable space that future owners will find attractive if you decide to sell and move.
Be sure to have a bathroom installed in the basement if there already isn't one, so you don't have to leave the safety of your underground sanctuary to relieve yourself.
There's a good chance electric and gas utilities may be shut off or destroyed after an attack, and it may take awhile for them to be turned on again. There are a number of things you can do to ensure you have electricity during this critical time, and that includes installing solar panels on your home.
Unless the attack blocks out the sun somehow, your solar panels will still continue to collect sunlight and convert it into electricity you can use to power an electric stove, refrigerator, and other essentials you may need to keep yourself alive. Their one weakness, however, is the panels must face the south to maximize the amount of sunlight they get.
Don't fret, though, if the home you want doesn't have a south-facing roof. It may still be possible to mount solar panels on a pole, though this may be something of an eye-sore that doesn't flyover well with the neighbors or the homeowner's association. It's best to ask about this issue before making an offer on a house.
For help in finding the perfect home that will help you survive a nuclear attack, contact a local real estate agent at companies like Coldwell Banker George Realty.