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Old 02-17-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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I am considering buying an old underground fuel tank and burying half in the ground , covering the other half with concrete and re barb with I beam and columns supporting the inside roof.
Heavy steel doors on both ends that open inward so i can not get blocked in by fallen debris.

Air vent and periscope style Camera would be in the roof so I could watch the storm , all deep cycle 12 volt ..

any Ideas for improvement ? this is just my basic plan without all the detail
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:45 PM   #2
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I have thought about something like that before! Sounds like an awesome idea, how close to the beach do you live?
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:52 PM   #3
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I too have though of this!

I'd add a 20' vent tube.

During Ivan my neighbors not in a flood zone got a 6 foot surge.

In addition, in my perfect shelter I'd add a "lightning attractor" of some sort.

I LOVE thunderstorms... at home under the eaves.

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Agree that you might need a snorkel if you live where it is likely to flood.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:43 AM   #5
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Considered the Vent tube. , also considered how easy it would be to be blown or knocked down. I would have to have a water tight hatch to close it off if it was knocked off.

No Hurricane has ever brought water even close to my home , plus 1/2 the tank would be above ground.

storm serge is a real possibility but it would have to completely cross NAS Pensacola at their Tower , then over the west end of Bayou Grande and another 11 foot of elevation before it got to ground level.

Nothing has ever come up 1/20th of the distance so far.

I think I will go ahead with this plan. Evacuation has its own safety concerns and risk. I plan to be able to lock this down Air Tight with top ventilation which would by design be a good 25' above sea level with the possibility to be locked down also.

It would be nice to enter this thing just before a hurricane hit and emerge approx 2 hours after the worst has past.

I hate evacuation.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:06 AM   #6
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One of my kin folk burried a full size school bus underground. It is sweet!!! Gutted out and lined w/ steel. He said he was going to finish it off w/ a bathroom and a generator w/ exhaust ports going outside. It's a great redneck thing!!!!
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sounds like a coffin in the making to me. Just leave town and be safe would be my suggestion.
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:42 PM   #8
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sounds like a coffin in the making to me. Just leave town and be safe would be my suggestion.
the very straight forward advice i am looking for , that is why i am kicking it out to be kicked around for Idea's. Had some close calls escaping Ivan , almost wrecked. I think the Thugs will be waiting on people in the future.

I do own land 38 Miles from my home that might be a better place for this exact setup , perhaps a buried school bus , at least I have the tractor and equipment in place to make it happen

I now have 8 grand children who live on the same bayou i live on and need a plan for Hurricanes. I guess Molino / Walnut Hill would be the place to build underground. Thanks. your post hits home even though i do not think water would ever go over the top , I will not take the chance. , nor will I get on the Highways headed out again. I know a company that is taking up old tanks and putting down Fiberglass tanks. I think I will call
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:03 PM   #9
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One of my friends has a hobby junk yard on border street someone put a tank in ground like u are talking about prob 40 years ago half burried door in end.13009 border street. 20 simmons sea skiff said to tell you hello
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dont forget the gun ports
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