The Ultimate Second Shelter

Second SheltersOriginally published at SecondShelters by Candy Evans on March 31, 2011

I think this is one second dig every homeowner ought to have — a bomb shelter!  And talk about a business that doubles every year — go into the bomb shelter business! Sales of high tech survival shelters have surged from 20 to 1,000%, thanks to our national angst. Veteran bunker builder Walton McCarthy calls it the “Pearl Harbor Blues”.  In January, he says, a 161 page Homeland Security report slipped out of Washington depicting a national planning & prep scenario listing the top 15 weapons of mass destruction and scenarios on how they could affect all major cities in the country, including Dallas. Outlook: super grim. Now here we are in another Middle East war with Libya, with a leader who is not a happy camper, plus all the other unrest in the Middle East, plus Iran and Iraq and Afghanistan.  Then Japan has had an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. It’s like, Armageddon!

“The safest place to be when all hell breaks loose,” says McCarthy, “Is 35 feet underground.”

Haven from bioterrorism

The New York Times
Originally published at The NY Times by Teresa Riordan on October 29, 2001
THE economy may be tanking, but for Walton McCarthy, business couldn’t be better.

Earlier this month, Mr. McCarthy received a patent for his “life cell,” an air purifying apparatus and communications system that he contends could transform an ordinary living room into safe, self-sufficient oasis in the midst of a bioterrorist attack.

Mr. McCarthy said his company, Radius Engineering, located near Concord, N.H., was two months behind in production on the life cells, which sell for $4,500, and six months behind on its underground shelters, which sell for $16,000 to nearly $60,000.

“We’ve got double shifts working six days a weeks,” Mr. McCarthy said, noting that Radius is planning to expand production twelvefold in the coming year.