As tensions mount over the possibility of a U.S.-China conflict, the debate intensifies on proactive measures for civilian protection. The U.S. considers designating safe zones for its citizens a historical strategy to shield civilians from the horrors of war. But will these measures suffice, or will Americans need to self-protect in a timely manner?
Infrastructure and building personal safe havens, if the U.S. and China go to war, demands emergency preparedness planning as a static refuge may attract attention and attack. Having a safe space is key for your family and yourself amongst the reality of precise, technology-driven warfare that could render traditional safe havens obsolete.
This article explores the challenges and necessities of constructing safe zones in the event of a U.S.-China conflict, emphasizing the shift from traditional refuges to adaptable, personal safety infrastructures suited for modern warfare dynamics.
Is it Normal to Think About Building Personal Safe Havens if The U.S. and China Go to War?
- Do you think about emergency preparedness?
- Do you have a backyard root cellar?
- Do you have a place to go of your own like a fallout shelter in case of armed conflict or war?
- How about a basement or nearby cave?
- Do you have an Emergency Plan with your loved ones?
- Fallout protection : what to know and do about nuclear attack
Asking the question of yourself: Is it normal to think about building personal safe havens for you and your family should the U.S. and China find themselves at war? What about a larger conflict or World War III with Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran?
To answer this question, we should look at history to find that answer, and an easy way to conveniently and easily do that is to watch the true story movie called Defiance with Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber on Amazon Prime.
The movie Defiance is a 2008 American World War II film, about the Polish Jewish Bielski brothers hiding and surviving in the country of Belarus, in the Naliboki forest. This location is in Europe between Poland and Russia, starting in 1941 with a group of refugees turned into partisan fighters.
The German SS are killing the civilian cultural elite, university-educated people of European society, Jews, the Catholic priesthood, homosexuals, soviet political commissars, and Romani people.
The Bielski brothers fled to the Naliboki forest (according to Google Maps) when the Nazi SS began killing of the Jews of Belarus in 1941. They started rescuing other Jews from the German ghettos, and creating a group of resistance fighters who actually lived in the forest many times, facing starvation and unimaginably difficult circumstances.
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To think that history cannot repeat itself is a mistake, as history often does repeat itself. Many today are not aware of what has happened in the past, or chose to look at or even read about such historic scenarios.
If the U.S. were attacked and to be in an actual wartime scenario where foreign military forces made it to our east or west coast shores and brought the fighting to your town, it would suddenly become surreal.
Although you may or may not have advance warning of this situation, it is already too late to take action to build a bomb shelter/bunker or to stock your home with essentials like food, water, and medical supplies at the most basic level.
Doomsday Bunkers Could Become the New Normal
Frank Woodworth, owner of Northeast bunkers, has become a prominent figure in the construction of underground bunkers. Initially, he started his business by building an underground bunker for a couple, desiring to safeguard their heirloom seeds. Eighteen years on, Woodworth is no longer constructing vaults solely for seeds, but rather for people.
Pivoting his business model, Mr. Woodworth now specializes in designing, installing, and maintaining underground bunkers. These shelters are not just holes in the ground, but fully habitable homes for those who can invest around $25,000.
The surge in demand for underground shelters was particularly noticeable during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Americans sought a secure place to protect their families from the world’s unpredictable events. For many, an underground bunker is their contingency plan for the next global crisis, which could include a conflict involving the United States.
Aaron, who was interviewed by the New York Times, purchased an underground shelter in Washington, D.C. This bunker serves as a safe space for his family during times of crisis, whether they be natural disasters like tornadoes or earthquakes.
From the experiences of individuals like Aaron, it’s clear that underground bunkers are becoming more commonplace and are used more than publicly known. An underground bunker provides a family with safety during crises such as war because:
- Underground bunkers are traditionally associated with military use. They are built to military standards, ensuring a family can safely remain inside until a conflict has ceased.
- Bunker walls can be fortified with materials that block nuclear radiation, which could be essential in the event of a nuclear conflict.
- Bunkers designed as living spaces can store substantial amounts of food, with dedicated areas for security, storage, and a pantry.
- Additional food supplies can be stored above ground, readily accessible to quickly re-enter the bunker if necessary.
- Many bunkers are constructed to be blast-proof, toxin-proof, and gas-proof, offering a safe alternative residence during wartime.
- They typically include an air filtration system, concealed doors, and a solar power system for lighting.
- The doors are secured with reinforced locks.
- It is recommended to have built-in water purifiers, bathrooms, and efficient waste water removal systems in the bunker.
How to Turn Your Garage into a Safe Haven or a Fallout Shelter
In the event of a nuclear attack, being underground is advisable. Yet, for many Americans, building a bunker is prohibitively expensive. The alternative? A DIY conversion of your garage into a safe haven or fallout shelter.
With the ongoing wars, one should not dismiss the threat of nuclear conflict, which could render major roads inaccessible and government help distant. Preparing your garage as a shelter involves understanding the risks and taking precautions, such as:
- Sealing windows, doors, and air gaps without compromising ventilation to prevent asphyxiation.
- Heeding emergency service reports about local chemical or gas levels.
- If the garage isn’t below ground, opt for the highest point in your home during an emergency.
- Gather essentials: duct tape, plastic sheeting, scissors, and towels to seal off entry points.
- Pre-assemble these materials in your designated safe room.
- The CDC advises practicing the sealing of air entry points in your safe room to increase speed and efficiency during an actual emergency.
- Areas to seal include not only doors and windows but also air conditioners, kitchen exhausts, and vents from stoves or dryers.
- Stockpile sufficient water and food before sealing your safe room for the duration of the emergency.
Temporary Makeshift Fallout Shelter in Your House or Apartment
Alternatively, a fallout shelter can be constructed above ground as a last resort. To do this, use the following steps:
- Preferably, find a windowless area in your home or structure, basements, or cellar.
- and orFind a sturdy desk, table, or workbench that you can fit your family under and surround with mattresses, books, and or plywood.
- Use furniture, books, or mattresses taller than the table to shield from radiation and shelter a few people and supplies.
- Assemble supplies to last at least 12 hours in this makeshift shelter.
- Ensure the shelter’s entrance is blocked but has at least two air vents.
- Prioritize supplies such as water, food, hand-held radio, a bucket for sanitation, and medicine.
Public Safe Havens or Safe Zones
Safe zones, or safe havens, historically designated during international wars, are areas proclaimed safe for vulnerable populations, offering protection from violent conflict. These zones emerged as a favorable alternative to relocating people across borders, allowing civilians to remain within their own country at a relatively low cost during wartime.
Additionally, safe havens limit foreign interference in domestic politics, which is particularly pertinent if the United States were to engage in war with China. Establishing safe zones domestically would reduce the need for American reliance on aid from neighboring countries, avoiding the political complexities and potential for broadening the conflict into a global war.
However, the safety of these zones can be illusory. The tragedy in Bosnia on March 31, 2003, highlights this, as thousands gathered to remember over 7,000 men and boys massacred by the Serbs in Srebrenica—a town declared a UN-safe area in 1995.
This event underscores the dire consequences of relying on safe zones, which can overlook the desperate circumstances of countless civilians.
Locating a safe place to stay during a war is essential. Finding secure areas in your house or fallout shelter to store your goods long before there is a problem is also critical. If you have none of those, then the next best options are windowless rooms in your house, apartment, basements or cellar.
In the grim prospect of a U.S.-China war, traditional concepts of civilian personal protection through safe zones present a paradox. As warfare evolves, relying on government provided safe havens may invite dangers.
Your personal safety should hinge on your forethought for a discreet shelter and individual emergency preparedness—transforming personal spaces into secure environments.
The future of personal civilian defense must balance groundwork, foresight, and a decentralized approach to safe zone creation, ensuring that protective measures don’t turn into vulnerabilities.
- Beyond Intractability: Safe Havens
- Fallout protection: what to know and do about nuclear attack
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- Popular Mechanics: How to Turn Your Living Room Into a Fallout Shelter
- Relator.com: How to Build a Fallout Shelter in Your Home (on a Budget, to Boot)
- The New York Times: Could Doomsday Bunkers Become the New Normal?
- Protected Areas and Zones