Episode-743- Paul Seyfried on NBC Underground Shelter Construction

Utah Shelter Sytemes

Today we are joined by Paul Seyfried, President of Utah Shelter Systems. Paul has been building shelters since 1986, and incorporated Utah Shelter Systems in 1998 along with his partner, Sharon Packer.

Utah Shelter Systems shelters can be constructed of either corrugated steel or steel plate and can withstand blasts up to the 150 psi range.  The shelters are manufactured in North Salt Lake, Utah and transported throughout the entire United States and Canada.

Paul joins us today to discuss civil defense in the US and in other nations, the continued threat of nuclear war, chemical attack and biological weapons.  He also explains the value of shelters for storm protection, storing supplies and more.  Shelters seem like an “extreme prep” to many but today we take a balanced view of their practical applications.

Join us today as Paul Answers Questions Such As…

  • Why build a shelter now, that the Cold War is “over”?
  • What are the main criteria for a proper shelter?
  • What can shelters do other than protect you in a NBC attack?
  • Why does Switzerland continue to build 100s of shelters monthly?
  • Why did the U.S. choose not to build shelters?
  • What other countries have shelter programs for civilians?
  • What are some current nuclear threats including EMP?
  • What are some current chemical weapons threats?
  • What are some current bio weapons threats?
  • What is the cost of a fully installed shelter?
  • What are some ways people can save cost or self build?
  • What is the best type of door for a shelter?
  • What equipment do you need for air handling?

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11 Responses to Episode-743- Paul Seyfried on NBC Underground Shelter Construction

  1. Good show but how about a Cresson Kearny link for us poor folk.
    If I win the lottery I am going with the UTAH system.

    Thanks again to Jack for your diversity in topics.

  2. Hey, I enjoyed the topic. Underground shelters are one of my favorite interests. Thanks!

  3. Any thoughts on protecting a generator from an emp? I want to store in with some level of protection, underground it not an option for me now. Would a metal gun safe work, or grounding it be an option? I keep radios in a grounded metal box, but I’m not sure about something as big a generator. (Honda 2000i)

  4. Nice show. Briefly it was mentioned using the common construction site concrete tubes as a poorman’s shelter. It seemed like common knowledge, yet a youtube and internet search yielding no results. What I’m wondering is how would the ends be sealed? And would you have to purchase one of the specialized blast doors?

    For reference, here is Utah Shelter Systems website:
    A basic site, but does well at presenting details of their systems.

    Although we certainly hope we never need to make use of them in regards to “end of the world” scenarios, and they are mostly an insurance policy, I think there’s still part of us, that little kid inside, that likes the idea of the “adventure”, as well also appeals to our innate survival mechanism and the victory of beating the attack be it natural or man-made.

  5. My ideal would be to have a cheese cave/cellar made of reinforced concrete and built onto the side of the hill that can double as an NBC shelter.

  6. Thanks for having Paul on the show Jack !

    That was some eye opening information for a lot of folks.

    Additional information on Civil Defense can be found at http://www.TACDA.org

    1961 JFK address on CONELRAD about individual responsibility http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKWHA-024-003.aspx

    • JFK also wanted to dismantle (or at least bring to the surface) Israel’s nuclear weapons program and dismantle the non-Federal non-Reserve. Hm, that didn’t last long.
      But I digress.

      A. Rios, I agree as well in regards to a cave/cellar. Just wondering the best way to seal it up for NBC. Buy a blast door and one of the Swiss type filters.

  7. I wonder what’s best if you live in a place where the water table is always at least 3-10′ from the surface and often near the surface… gotta do a lot of drainage it seems, deep drainage.

  8. Sage of Monticello

    This is an important podcast as many in the media are not taking Fukishima as a legitimate threat to impact us here in America.

    Fukishima new radiation release