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How to Implement a High Security Shelter in the Home Paperback – February 1, 2009

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MUST READ if concerned about self-sufficiency and home security. 112 pages of practical advice on building a "hardened" and "secure" shelter. Paperback bound. Overall presenation and readability is great. Lots of nicely done drawings. "The enclosed plans and specifications provide all the essential details you need to know about in constructing a MULTI-PURPOSE, HIGH SECURITY SHELTER (MPHS) within your existing home." "This MPHS SHELTER is, in reality, a fire proof, seismic designed, VAULT ROOM with self-contained emergency living and storage facilities, complete with independent power and water supplies, filtered air, communications, and a concealed, secure entry." All you need is the book, as the author recommends that you build this structure yourself. Not only do you save on construction costs, you also can do it in privacy. He also gives lots of practical advice on what to do to your house now. This includes step by step construction advice in readable English. For example, "Install and Brace Vault Door In Place... The preferred way to ensure a solid installation of the valut door is to set it in place and construct a wood brace around it as shown in the cutaway drawing...." (and he goes on). On a more immediate level, he discusses things you can do RIGHT NOW. One example recommends a solid core door with a deadbolt for the master bedroom, so the owners can have extra critical seconds if a break in occurs. Seconds can make or break the difference in an altercation. If you can't afford the (reasonably priced) MPHS Shelter, then he also has a chapter on how to fortify a closet for even less money. He also lists suppliers and specific things to buy... these are items beyond the construction items. He recommends such items as "Aerobic 7" type of water purifier, which he recommends that one get to replace the unscented chlorine drops some people use to protect their clean static water storage. He even specifies a stock pile list. His discussion of solar, and back up electrical systems is very good. I particularly liked the information on water storage and water purification. It covered some new ground for me. Criticism: This book may recommend "too secure" a shelter for some people, although it is not that expensive. Some people would feel "embarassed" building this secret structure... not expecting such unusual attacks. His advice includes protection from EMP, radiation effects, direct assaults. But, if you want the "best", this is it.

About the Author

Joel M. Skousen is a high security design specialist who, during the past 30 years, has designed and consulted on high security residences and retreats throughout North America. He also has a degree in Political Science and publishes the weekly World Affairs Brief on the internet. Mr. Skousen resides in Oregon
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Swift Publishing; Second edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568610548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568610542
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book to learn about fallout, radiation, and preparations that
can save lives. The scope of this book is very broad and I have been able
to educate others using this. I was disappointed that he had no source
listed for renewable power for the fallout shelter light. But I have found
that from other sources. I like the way he gives one the opportunity to
be secure through knowledge and refer to the manual often, especially
to the part about water preservation with a healthy oxygen droplet instead
of using household bleach. He reveals the downside of bleach on one's
health and the fact that it does not last as long as oxygen drops. His
sources are expired on some things but I usually find my own sources
anyway once I know the name of what will work for the long-term.
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I was hoping to find a technical book on constructing a reinforced underground room. This book is mainly aimed towards those who want to add a secure room in an existing home. The construction techniques described are unusual from the conventional view point, but coming from Mr Skousen, I'm sure they are dependable. The book includes easy to read technical drawings and step by step instructions for the homeowner that wishes to do the work himself.
Hopefully another manual will come out that will have what I'm looking for.
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In the wake of the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma in May 2013, this book has gone into high demand and some sellers are charging ludicrous prices for used copies of it. Be aware that this book is an old edition and a newer edition is available that is titled "The High Security Shelter - How to Implement a Multi-Purpose Safe Room in the Home." You can find it here on Amazon, The High Security Shelter - How to Implement a Multi-Purpose Safe Room in the Home, or purchase directly from the author's website.
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As an architectural designer, I was looking for information for building shelters and safe rooms for clients. I would say that this book is a thorough and well written, and covers a broad range of incidentals that would need to be considered in the design and use of such shelters. I disagree with one of the other reviewers in reference to the architectural drawings in the book. While the drawings have a definite early 1990's feel, and could benefit from newer CAD technology, I found the drawings to be to standard construction drawing specifications and gave the reader a better understanding of the topics that the author was detailing in the text. Much of the book's information is provided more from the standpoint of trying to provide ideas to be applied to each individual situation, rather than a one size fits all design. There are also diagrams provided within the text to simply illustrate the general idea of a layout being described by the text. These Items include trap door escapes, plumbing, battery storage, and off-grid solar, to name a few. These diagrams merely provide an overview of a general set-up as each system is typically different based upon the manufacturer's specifications. That being said, they all seem to provide enough information to help those who are not familiar with the building industry make better, educated decisions on what they need. This also helps the homeowner to have a better conversation with their architect, contractor and building official, if need be.

Overall, I would say this book would be great for anyone from those concerned with their personal safety at home, to the DIYer that wants to build a shelter, as well as architects and contractors. Not only does the book provide the details that need to be considered, but it also provides a step by step construction overview and also sources to contact for materials and additional information.
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