On Doomsday Preppers, prepper Bruce Beach has built one of the largest underground fallout shelters / survival ark not owned by a government. On the episode we got to see some of the preparations he has made to allow up to 500 people to live underground in relative safety.
The question is, would you want to live in that much confinement and how you you cope with the mental rigors of living in cramped quarters with a large group of people many of whom you would not know.
First you would have to get used to not really having the ability to move around freely simply because there would be like 10 people per bus. So moving would be somewhat limited. I also think that the lack of places for activities might lead to cabin fever which is a very real condition and can have a variety of manifestations including severe depression.
On the other hand you would be safe when others have little or no protection from radioactive fallout. This alone would probably be foremost on everyones mind while living in the shelter.
The idea of including ham radio communications to the ark is a great idea as is the commercial kitchen for feeding people. Sanitation may be a bit of an issue but would be something that with the proper suits it should be something that could be maintained.
All in all this is a fairly unique use of school busses as doomsday bunkers or arks to help insure that at least some people survive the aftermath of a radioactive event.
Tell us what you think about the ark and what you might see changed or do if you were to build your own survival ark?