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Bomb Shelters and Shipping Containers

27.05.2019 - Posted by Updated On 27.05.2019    

With all the talk lately of wars around the world, more and more people are asking about converting shipping containers into cabins and bomb shelters. Several articles have been published on the site. Without rehashing them in full, we'll focus on a couple of points that need to be addressed before you even consider starting: wall strength, air supply, and cleaning the container.

Container Wall Strength

The strength of the walls is a very important factor to consider. Primarily because if they aren't properly reinforced they will inevitable collapse under the pressure of the compacted soil surrounding the container. Read this article to learn more about what happens when you bury a shipping container without any reinforcement. The simplest, although labor intensive, ways to reinforce the container walls are to weld an angle iron the length of each wall, making sure to spot weld several places down the side. A little more labor intensive, but will probably give the container a longer life is to use gabion baskets filled with stone along all external sides of the container. Follow this link to read more about burying a shipping container with gabion baskets. shippig container bombed out

Air Supply

We're not talking about the band and inviting them to perform while you wait out the devastation, they would quite literally suck all the air out of the room. According to the FEMA CERT Manual, "10 square feet of floor space per person will provide sufficient air to prevent carbon dioxide buildup for up to 5 hours, assuming a normal breathing rate while resting." Personally, that's not a lot of time to wait out the bombing or chemical attack. Rough math says that a family of four wouldn't have an incredible amount of time to survive without some elaborate ventilation and air filtration devices.

Cleaning Out the Container

Lastly, the container would need to be thoroughly cleaned out. This means pressure washing the walls, ceiling and floors, then putting several coats of sealant and paint on the flooring to seal off any unseen holes and block any unknown chemicals or radioactive materials from permeating through the floor. It would also be wise to insulate the shipping container, however if you put in too thick of walls and insulation it will only reduce the amount of available air.

Let it be known that does not condone building a bomb shelter out of new or used shipping containers for many reasons, the three above only touch the surface.

If you're interested in buying a shipping container for shipping, storage, modular housing conversions, or any similar purpose we invite you to search the available inventory listed on the site. You can contact the seller directly through their listing page, or if you don't see any containers available in your area complete the form and a representative will check the closest inventory and let you know your options.

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