Separate power sourceIn the event that a major society-ending catastrophe does occur, it will not take long for the common power grid to go offline. To recover from this, consider installing a backup generator somewhere on your property that can be fired up to provide emergency power. An even better option would be tapping into renewable sources of power like solar or wind.
Years supply of foodThe past few years have seen the growth of companies offering freeze-dried pallets of food that can feed a family of four for years. The freeze drying process also makes preparation of the food relatively simple, as long as you have access to clean water. This leads to the next point...
Water and air filtration systemsHaving shelter and power may be seen as a luxury in the days after a doomsday event, but access to clean air and water are more of a necessity than anything else. A multistage water filtration setup could capture and decontaminate any water found, producing a steady source of clean water to use for cooking and cleaning. Likewise, air filters can isolate any harmful airborne agents and circulate clean air throughout your living spaces.
Communication systemSome survivalists in Utah have taken things a bit further and incorporated a small radio antenna that juts out about 20 feet into the air from the base of their bunker. Not enough for long-range communications, but certainly enough to make contact with any locals. If you have any intention of hooking up with post-apocalyptic survivors, follow what these survival-minded home builders in UT did.
Underground fortificationIf you think things will get really bad, digging down into the earth is a sure-fire way to gain the ultimate in protection. A reinforced concrete and steel bunker built 30 feet below the surface could withstand anything short of a direct nuclear attack. It is also the most expensive option you could add to a home.
Anything to surviveSo there you have it, five tips for how to turn your humble abode into one of the last bastions of human life. Hopefully this inspired you to prepare a couple of contingencies, just in case, but it does not mean that your newly-fortified home will be totally impregnable. That meteor may just decide to land on your front lawn you know.
Marlena Stoddard writes on disaster and emergency prep. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn't spending time with her children or writing, Marlena enjoys hiking and photography. For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.