Advantage Grading & Engineering Survival Shelters

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Survival Shelter

A hiding spot in the woods won’t keep you and your family safe in the event of a nuclear, biological, or chemical attack. Heading for the hills could leave you more vulnerable instead of making you safer. Many folks decide it’s safest to shelter in place, which is where a properly-constructed survival shelter comes into play. Advantage Grading and Engineering draws on our experience with tough projects to build survival shelters engineered to keep you safe.

Let’s take a closer look at the essentials of building a survival shelter.

Depending on the size of your property and your location, you may choose to build a shelter on your current property. If you plan to get out of the area (assuming you have enough advance warning to do so, and can reach your shelter on a single tank of gas), you may plan an alternate location — or a second shelter. For now, let’s look at a few factors we’re taking into consideration when building your survival shelter:
  • Water table
  • Existing water, gas, and sewer lines
  • Electrical setup
  • Topography
  • Your location relative to anticipated targets, and the likelihood of other events (like severe weather) that could make a shelter advisable
  • Escape routes

Site Preparation

Each of the factors listed above need to be considered when designing, engineering, and building a survival shelter, beyond our usual excavating and grading services. However, we are also cognizant of budgetary concerns — the average person may not be able to afford, and may not need, deluxe accommodations, and our concern is to meet your needs while also considering the bigger picture.

It’s exceedingly difficult to build a shelter that could survive a direct hit from a nuclear weapon, but that scenario is also enough of a statistical long shot that we need not build to that level of durability. Having said that, a shelter that you’ve built yourself without taking into consideration proper engineering and building techniques could leave you just as unsafe as being out in the open. We build for long-term strength and survivability.


If you need to take shelter, there’s already a high degree of uncertainty and stress involved. You’re likely to have friends and family in far-flung places about whom you’re worried, you’ll have no idea what you’ll face above ground once the danger subsides, and you will be in close quarters with your fellow shelter-dwellers for days, or perhaps weeks, on end. Having creature comforts on site — not just essentials like sanitation and hygiene, but comfortable beds, good food, and a means to pass the time — will help everyone stay healthy and keep spirits up for the tough times ahead. We design shelters with these things top-of-mind.


This is perhaps the most important part of building a survival shelter. If we’re in a classic TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World As We Know It) situation, the less people know about your plans and your accommodations the better. Careful preparation isn’t just about siting, preparation, and construction; it means protecting your family and your all-too-scarce resources from those who would take what’s yours and who would have no hesitation to harm your family to get it. We specialize in covert construction and clandestine contracting techniques performed on a need-to-know basis for your long-term protection.

​Advantage Grading & Engineering provides a number of essential services. You may enlist our help with the entire process from start to finish, or bring us in on an as-needed basis. We can handle the design, engineering, and building of your underground survival shelter, and we encourage you to arrange a meeting with our design team to discuss your needs, budget, and options.

Key Considerations for an Underground Survival Shelter

Our Process