Whether they believe in end-time prophecy or are simply attuned to present-day economics, many people are apprehensive about this nation's and even this planet's future. An assortment of web sites (preppers.info, surviveinplace.com, americanpreppersnetwork.com , prepperblogs.com , jewishpreppers.com) containing a plethora of information have suddenly become available out there to help honest folk prepare for the inevitable collapse of society and the resulting shortage of supplies. Many web sites feature what to stock in your pantry in order to prepare for a natural or man-made disaster. But let me ask you, have you thought about how you can defend that pantry?
It is my view that soon after the economic collapse will follow a collapse of law and order. Ironically, it will not the government we will have to fear the most, but rather the mayhem that follows due to the lack of government. Those of us who have been following the conspiracy theories ( Gov. Ventura on FEMA camps ) have heard that the ruling elite has been using our money to build themselves bunkers. While they're busy preserving their own lives, the rest of us will be fending off the gangs of hoodlums that migrate out of the cities and suburbs looking for food and shelter. So I ask again, will you be able to defend that well-prepared, well-stocked pantry?
This is one of the many reasons that I am drawn to building dome homes. Dome homes are a superior building for a number of reasons, but perhaps the greatest reason is that they will protect your family when all hell breaks loose as no insurance policy can. No insurance policy will bring a loved one back to life.
Let us consider a probable case scenario where a terrorist organization successfully sneaks a dozen or more of Russia's missing suitcase bombs across our porous southern border and plants them in as many cities. This will likely be just as the nation's attention is focused on airport pat downs. Pretend such a bomb goes off in a city near you. What will you do?
Most people insist that they won't be around anyway so what does it matter. This is an assumption based on an unknown, which engenders a false sense of security. We do not keep ourselves and our loved ones safe by clinging to false security and a hope that we won't be there to deal with difficult circumstances.
These bombs are reported to be able to level two shorter city blocks while incinerating the buildings for another five blocks. This means that most of us will be left to deal with the fires, the radiation, the chaos, and the shortage of supplies that will follow. Typically radiation from one of these bombs will drift from 25 to 90 miles depending on the wind that day.
If you are living in the country or even the suburbs, you probably will not find out about the explosion until you turn on the radio or hear about it from a neighbor, unless you happen to look up and see that cloud that looks like a mushroom. Now what will you do? Will you report to your closest disaster shelter like the radio says? Personally, I would find this option the least desirable. Billy Graham reported during the Katrina incident that both men and women could not even go to the bathroom without the fear of being raped. Which hazard would you subject your family to? And when you come back, will you find your pantry, guns, and money looted? As the parent and head of the household, you will need to choose the lessor of the two evils.
Concrete dome homes are the best place to be in event of a nuclear blast. It is concrete that is used to protect the control room at a nuclear plant. This is because concrete is naturally a very dense material. With a special additive, it becomes even more protective. Combine this property of concrete with a basement and specially designed protective shutters on your windows, and you have a place where your family will be safe. (Shutters today are merely decorative. In the old days, shutters actually protected the windows and the home during severe weather.)
Now compare this to your local disaster shelter. Will you subject your family to radiation as you drive or walk there? In most communities, the local disaster shelter is the school gymnasium. Will this gymnasium protect your family from radiation as well as your concrete dome home? Gymnasiums are typically made out of steal and brick. It will provide more protection than a conventional home, but not as much as a concrete home.
Unfortunately, this is only the beginning of the mayhem.
Continuing our case scenario: a week later you and your family find yourselves at home. Your family is safe and doing ok despite the sparse communications and no utilities. You have prepared this much at least. Your neighborhood is a fairly good one; your neighbors can be trusted not to cut your throat. However, now you notice the hoards of hoodlums passing on the street. You wonder if they are trying to reach some government shelter or if they are casing your place. No doubt, they are hungry. You wonder if, even if you could reach the police, would they come? Or would they cower in fear? Or maybe some drug lord has already bought them out? Most likely they would not be available because they are being used to quell the riots within the city itself.
Night falls. As head of the household, you elect to take the first watch. You have a gun, but will that be enough to protect your home from invasion? What if these hoodlums invade your house from more than one side? Will you see them coming? Perhaps all the family members should be awake to keep watch on each side of the home. "No," you decide. You have a boatload of tasks laid out for tomorrow if you want to survive. What was that noise? Was that an animal or are the gangs testing your ability to defend your home? You resist the urge to shout, "Who's there?"
A well-designed concrete dome home is perfect for this kind of protection. My wife and I have already decided to build a cupola on the top of our future dome, though not to the extreme as the Warden home shown. It will be large enough to stand or lay prostrate with a weapon. In between the castle-like cubbyholes, a single person will have a 360-degree view of our home and property. Not only will we be able to get a clear shot at an invader sneaking up on the home, but also we should be able to protect our farm animals from theft. One of the first key strategies to surviving this scenario is the ability to guard your property without exhausting your family members.
Another key strategy is the ability to limit the points of entry into the home. Unfortunately most homes have windows that will crack with a crowbar. The only reason why most homes are not vandalized is because most thieves do not want to make enough noise that a neighbor will hear and call the police. Remember though in this case scenario, you will probably not have the benefit of the police. You may not even have neighbors. But what if you installed windows that will send a crowbar rebounding; that is, if the hoodlum gets past the shutters? Sturdy windows are an important part of any home.
One of the greatest impediments to a would-be home invader is not knowing what awaits him on the other side of that door after he breaks it down. But remember that these invaders would be more desperate than most. What if they attacked you from several sides knowing that only one or two would be successful? Can you guard all the points of entry? Unfortunately, the way most homes are built today, all it takes is a fireman's axe to penetrate 1/8th inch siding, tarpaper, composite board and a couple 2x4's. Therefore, for most homes, any wall can be a point of entry.
Not so with a concrete dome home. Not even a bullet will penetrate 3 inches of concrete.
Concrete dome homes have all the advantages. First and foremost, they are efficient with heating and cooling. Even without utilities, you can be assured that you will not be forced out of your home and into the unprotected open because of extreme heat or cold. Concrete will hold temperatures steady; it is a thermal battery.
How well could you protect your home against fire? Conventional homes built with concrete or brick walls will have wooden roofs. Will a hungry, desperate, and vindictive hoodlum be able to get close enough to throw a burning stick onto your roof? Once again, how will you protect your pantry when you can't even guard your home?
Now that you are convinced that a concrete dome home is the best insurance you can provide for your family, let us help you design one. My wife and I are ahead of the homesteading curve. We understand the needs of homesteaders better than most. We would help you consider ways to guard your home and places to store your potatoes, carrots, squash, and grains, as well as providing ideas for long-term meat storage to reduce or eliminate the chance of spoilage, whether or not the electricity is on.
Which brings us to consider, how long could you live without electricity? Most of us cannot afford the initial investment to take our homes completely off-grid. But what about using solar and wind power to provide backup power in an emergency and free power during ordinary times? There are an abundance of fixtures that are available for the RV world, but no one has planned to provide DC power in a new home for strategically placed LED light fixtures and for appliances that ordinarily run on 12 volts anyway. We have, and we can help you.
We can talk about passive solar designs that would reduce heating and cooling costs by 15% in a conventional home.
We can explain the difference between a safe room and a safe house.
We can talk about how to protect your electronic equipment from Electro Magnetic Pulses.
We can talk about the synthesis of geodesic and monolithic dome technologies to create a green living environment combining barn, greenhouse, and garage into one building.
We can talk about the pros and cons of adding a wood stove for heat and cooking.
It does not matter if you desire to build up high or down into the ground. We are here to help you. It does not matter if you have $100,000 to spend or $500,000. We can provide a suitably defensible, safe, comfortable and affordable structure to help you protect your loved ones and your valuables, whether from the ordinary seasonal, inclement weather, or from the worst the uncertain future might have to offer.
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