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Safe Spots May Make A Comeback

The New York TimesOriginally publish at nytimes.com by JUDY D’MELLO on March 16, 2003

NEW Yorkers have not dusted off their long-unused fallout shelters, but some are getting the brooms ready.

These cold war relics, often no more than an empty basement corner, were turned into bike rooms, storage areas, wine cellars and gyms in the post-fear years. The ubiquitous yellow-and-black signs that mark shelter locations are now covered with grime and graffiti.

“I’ve lived in this building for 10 years and only recently saw the sign next to a locked door near the laundry room,” said a Greenwich Village resident whose request for anonymity is a sign of newly tense times. “The super told me it was his workshop.”

Now, after dark warnings of possible attacks with “dirty bombs” and other weapons, she says the building should refurbish the room and stock essentials like water, medical supplies and a radio.
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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.

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