FEMA bunker building guideThere are a few key things to consider before launching headlong into the construction of your RECESS. Foremost is space. A proper RECESS will safely and comfortably accommodate your family through the long emergency. Living in a bunker, even for just a few days, can be a challenging and unpleasant experience. A little consideration of your spacial needs and concerns can go a long way to ensuring a tolerable, if not enjoyable experience. The internet is awash with resources.

A pool > RECESS conversion may leave you with a space limited by the dimensions of the existing hole. In my situation, this space was more than adequate... albeit a little short.

My plan borrowed largely from the formulas found in bomb shelter how-to guides issued by FEMA. You can find them all here: (that is, if you trust the government)