I don’t know about you, but I get nervous when I hear someone talking about bunkers. I’m concerned it will reinforce negative stereotypes about survivalists. Nonetheless, storm shelters and underground bunkers do indeed have a purpose.
They can provide protection in the event of a tornado or hurricane, as well as protection from nuclear attack. Their usefulness depends on the size and shape of the survival shelter you have.
For that reason I’ve been hoping for some time to do a DestinySurvival Radio show about bunkers. My guest for this week’s show is Ron Hubbard of Atlas Survival Shelters.
You don’t have to have the proverbial “doomsday bunker mentality” to have a survival shelter for your family. Listen to this week’s show, and hear what Ron has to say.
The Man and His Company
Ron Hubbard has been a steel Fabricator for 35 years. He is based in Los Angeles, but he operates mostly in texas and a few other states. His company ships worldwide, and business has been growing due to unease in the world.
The oldest known bomb shelter company in the world is Atlas Bomb shelters, started around 1950 in Sacramento, California. Today the operation is based in Los Angeles and ships bunkers worldwide and distributes throughout the United states.
Ron took over the company in 2011 and made it politically correct by renaming it Atlas Survival Shelters because, in the world we live in today, bombs are not the only thing we worry about.
Incidentally, there’s a good chance you’ve heard or seen Ron somewhere talking about his company. Look for him on rerun episodes of “Doomsday Preppers,” “Storage Wars,” “Shipping Wars,” “Extreme Survival Bunkers,” “Decoded,” “Boy’s Toys,” Military Channel, PBS, and “All You Can Eat.”
He’s been on the Alex Jones Show, NBC’s “Today Show,” “Inside Edition,” “20/20,” “Good Morning America,” the BBC, History Channel,” and Fox Business Channel. He’s also been featured in several big name national publications as well as more than 100 international newspapers.
With all of that said, I was honored to have Ron as my DestinySurvival Radio guest this week.
Before we get further into the subject of bunkers, Ron believes in all aspects of preparedness. That includes having storage food, the means to have clean water, and shelter. He sees his role as helping you to have adequate shelter.
A survival shelter is insurance that protects you and your family. When you buy one, you’re making a long term investment. They’re built to last decades–100 years and beyond.
And here’s a benefit you may not have thought of. You can use your survival bunker for more than a hideaway when the big one happens. You know, the end of the world as we know it.
Use it now as a hunting lodge, “man cave” or just a place to get away for relaxation. If you make use of it now, you’ll know what to expect from it in the proverbial SHTF scenario.
Demand for bunkers has increased in the past few years, according to Ron. I can understand that, but I wouldn’t have expected it, due to the poor economy. Apparently concerns about national and world events are foremost in people’s minds.
Half of his customers are women. They’re the ones trying to get men on board with getting a shelter.
Incidentally, three things should be in place before you purchase a survival bunker.
- Land where you feel safe.
- Money or financing for the purchase.
- The whole family needs to be on board.
Which One Do You Need?
There are different kinds of shelters. Ron makes them all. But the kind that will withstand a nuclear blast is round, made with corrugated pipe. A shelter in the shape of a square is a tornado shelter or fallout shelter at best.
As Ron tells it, he doesn’t make a lot of money on his shelters, in spite of what seems like a high price tag at first glance. His largest unit is 500 square feet in size and runs about $150,000-$200,000.
Though the bunkers aren’t cheap, they come well equipped. His popular Hillside Retreat unit comes with a master bedroom, kitchen, bunk room and large bathroom. That’s because, when you’re living underground, you’ll want some sense of normality and to have your personal space.
Ron has given thought to details such as the configuration of the entrance. Also, air systems are up to military standards.
Ron is proud of a new offering. It’s an 8′ x 10′ square shelter which would be placed several feet below your garage to serve as a tornado or fallout shelter. It’s larger than the popular storm shelters being sold by other companies today.
The shelter’s new design is really an old one because it comes from the 1950’s and 1960’s–back when they were built so well for the military and public civil defense. What’s more, it costs less than $15,000 and can be fully financed.
Plan ahead when you purchase your survival bunker. It may take 2-3 months to have Ron’s most popular bunker in place. He has some smaller units on hand already, but has to build the larger ones.
While you have to plan carefully where you place your shelter, zoning isn’t an issue. Neither is terrain, as I would have guessed. If your water table is high, Ron can make your bunker water tight, like a submarine.
You can power lights and electronics in your bunker with a generator, solar or wind power, and battery banks. Ron and I briefly discussed these options.
Ron acknowledges his bunkers aren’t EMP-proof, but he mentioned steps you can take to protect your electronics. However, it’s not entirely clear how great the impact of an EMP will be. It may not be as bad as the most dire predictions would have us believe.
Fear or Reason?
None of us knows what will happen next. 9/11 changed the world. What lies ahead could cause that to pale in comparison. The purchase of a survival bunker represents a level of hope because you’re hoping for the best but planning for the worst.
How the masses will react in the SHTF situation is Ron’s greatest concern. He’s optimistic though and believes Americans will pull together for good.
Ron says he’s not a fear monger. In fact, he tries to calm down anxious prospective customers and help them think through what it is they really need. Isn’t that the kind of thoughtful customer service you want when you’re considering buying a survival bunker?
OK, bad pun.
Now, it’s your turn to find out more than what I have room for in this post. Hear my conversation with Ron Hubbard by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for August 13, 2015. (Right click to download.) Check out his site at AtlasSurvivalShelters.com. The site has a wealth of information about the shelters and includes dozens and dozens of pictures.
By the way, I have no financial ties to Ron’s company, so I won’t make anything from a sale if you buy one of his survival shelters. However, you can do Ron and I both a favor by mentioning DestinySurvival when you get in touch with him.
Watch the short video below, and you’ll see Ron giving a tour of the Hillside Retreat.