Hometown: Terrell, Texas
Filed Under: Dig yourself into one helluva hole.
Overview: Series of self-contained, underground composite structures designed to protect 8-200 shelter-seeking humans for periods up to 6 months or 5 years, allowing escape from natural and unnatural calamities such as tornados and full-scale nuclear, chemical, and biological attacks. Shelters by Radius Engineering International are the work of engineer Walton McCarthy, author of the world's definitive textbook on shelter engineering standards, and whose expertise has helped win Radius Engineering its status as a U.S. Department of Defense contractor. The DOD knows a thing or two about bombs, so you can feel pretty confident that Radius Engineering knows a thing or two about bomb shelters
Appreciate: No one has to know it's there. Shelters by Radius Engineering are delivered by a special truck that doesn't require a Bill of Lading, leaving no paper trail to your property. No foundations are needed, meaning the dig, drop, and burial can occur quickly without having to wait several attention-grabbing days for concrete to cure. And, without a foundation and tie-ins to local utilities, you don't need a permit from some nanny-state bureaucrat downtown (your nanny-state HOA may feel differently, however). Once buried, it's nearly impossible to detect: surface camouflage and landscaping will convince unsophisticated flyers-by that your underground condo is no more than a random boxwood or elderberry bush. Fancy flyers-by will fare no better: composite (fiberglass) construction leaves no radar signature and only minimal thermal signature, and with 9 feet of dirt above it, your shelter will elude most ground-penetrating radar. Of course, you have to do your part to keep the secret, which may be tough. If The Diego Files had one, we'd host weekly $15 tours and "Maybe there's a tornado out there, maybe there's not; we don't know we're just under here happily watching football" parties
Know: Radius shelters have all the essential life-support systems for underground survival: plumbing, cooking appliances, climate control, consumer electronics and communications, and of course, battery banks and diesel generators to keep everything powered. But beyond the essentials, you can also outfit your shelter with any variety of amenities to suit your lifestyle: hydroponic agriculture systems can help you grow your own fruits and vegetables, and large shelters can host aquaculture (fish tanks) and even farm animals. You can order a swimming pool, half-court basketball, or a putting green to stay in shape, and offices, labs, workshops, and crafts rooms to get work done. We'd tell you more, but we don't want you to start hoping for a disaster
Special Comments: With thirty two years of experience, Radius Engineering is sensitive to and knowledgeable about common concerns associated with underground living, including insects, leaks, and claustrophobia. Spend a few minutes at their website (linked below) to learn how Radius shelters are equipped to mitigate these and other potential problems
Cost: Varies significantly depending on the size and complexity of the shelter; a pre-assembled CAT 25 shelter (pictured above, left) starts at $300,000
See Them: Here.