Several times I've been asked, "What kind of house/shelter should you have (for earth changes)?" Unfortunately, there is no one good answer, but I've made some suggestions.

Now there is a new book that covers the subject in detail, and has information about the shelters I've referred people to.

The book is, No Such Thing As Doomsday: Underground Shelters and How to Prepare for Earth Changes, Wars & Other Threats by Philip L Hoag. At the bottom right hand corner of the front cover there is a statement that I find interesting: "Some People Worry--Others Prepare." From the foreword, "Do you want to build an underground shelter or put together a disaster preparedness program? Do you feel overwhelmed? This book can help you overcome inertia and get the project rolling."

The first part of the book covers the threats that might cause you to desire a shelter. The author emphasizes the nuclear threat but also touches on earth changes. Then he begins to get to the real nitty-gritty, the different approaches to underground shelters. He also lightly covers the other two shelter suggestions I mention below, Monolithic Domes and Radius Defense.

In the main part of the book he goes into detail about radiation shielding, air supply considerations, power systems, cooking options, lighting, food & water, communications, EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) shielding, security, psychological considerations, and even addresses community issues regarding shelters.

If you have any desire to know more about a shelter, anything from a simple storm shelter to a sophisticated underground shelter, this book is the place to start.

B&A is now carrying it, stock #2236, click here to purchase.

Prior to finding Philip's book, the only solution I had was to recommend that people contact Monolithic Constructors Inc in Italy, Texas (about an hour south of Dallas) to find out more about their monolithic dome homes. I've been impressed with the Monolithic's dome homes for several years now.

A couple years ago, I met David South, their president, at the Dallas Preparedness Expo and had a chance to talk with him. I asked the obvious questions about his dome homes in relation to the earth changes scenario. He said that their domes can withstand up to a force-five tornado (up to 300 MPH winds), and should do well in an earthquake. The Monolithic domes in North Carolina were recently "tested" by both hurricanes Bertha and Fran. Bertha had winds of up to 115 mph. Neither bothered the Monolithic domes located in Morehead City and Sullivan's Island, where some of the worst of Bertha happened. David South told me the biggest problem with extremely high winds is that the structure tries to slide around the ground. Another advantage of these units is that they are very energy efficient.

Monolithic has a newsletter called The Monolithic Dome Roundup available by subscription. And they have a video tape and information pack. When I watched the tape I was impressed at how these units are constructed and the sizes of buildings that can be built using this technology. They even offer courses on how to build your own unit, or to go into business as a contractor of dome homes.

You can contact Monolithic Constructors Inc at 1-800-608-0001, or write: PO Box 479, Italy, TX 76651, web page