1 November 2004

The New Bunker Mentality

Gone are the days of “duck and cover.” Welcome to the twenty-first century mindset–duct tape and cover. The time-tested threat of nuclear weapons still lingers, but new dangers like the potential for terrorists to use chemical or biological weapons or “dirty bombs” have catapulted into the forefront of Americans' consciousness. And so have new ways to prepare for these threats. Regardless of whether the perceived threat matches up with the actual threat (see “Rethinking Doomsday,” page 36), officials and citizens have begun preparing for the worst. Here are some of the more interesting ways they've “gone bunkers.”