Day 320 of 365 – Nuclear Bomb Shelter “Ark Two”

Wow, how’s that for a title!  I think I might have everyone’s attention just by using those simple but heart wrenching words.  Back in the 80’s I know my parents where very aware about what was going on with the US and Russia and so was Bruce Beach of Horning Mills.

For some people these words just got you to click on the link, now that your here your might as well keep reading.

7 years ago I moved to Dufferin county and ever since I’ve heard talk about a crazy old man named “Bruce Beach” who has built one of the largest non government owned underground fallout shelters / survival ark in the world out of 42 school buses buried in concrete.  It’s likely to be there for a very long time.

Bruce built it as a shelter in the event of a nuclear attack back in the Cold War era.  It might need some painting and maintenance but it’s still there.  If your interested in some of the history then click here.

It seems to over the top doesn’t it?  Each to their own I guess.  Granted it’s not your normal dinner conversation but since Dufferin County is the smallest County in Ontario, your bound to know someone that talked to a guy that has a friend….You get the idea 🙂

Ark Two as Bruce named it was featured in a National Geographic Television special entitled “Doomsday Preppers” back in March of this year.

So, for all the people that know a guy that has this friend, this blog is for you!  I did some research on this post and I’m going to use some info from other web site…

Ark Two is the world’s largest privately constructed nuclear fallout shelter.

Despite his advanced years, builder and nuclear survival expert Bruce Beach still fields daily inquiries from the public and the media.

Located in the village of Horning’s Mills, north of Toronto, Ontario, the shelter was constructed out of the shells of 42 school buses which were buried underground in the 1980s, as moulds for the poured concrete bunker.

Powered by diesel generators, the heavily fortified shelter includes two commercial kitchens, a septic tank, a 53 foot deep dug well, a chapel, and decontamination room.

The shelter was designed to accommodate as many as 500 people for the length of time required to stay underground before being able to safely return to the surface after a cataclysmic nuclear event.


Mens Bunkroom

Beech refuses to charge money for secure admission to the shelter if a cataclysmic event occurs, instead guaranteeing individuals admission in return for sweat equity and active involvement in the Ark Two communities’ various activities. In return for a safe haven in times of crisis a person residing in nearby Toronto may be expected to come up to the shelter several weekends each year to assist in the routine maintainance of the facility.

After serving in the United States Air Force in the 1950s, and consulting on the building of dozens of nuclear shelters during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Beach moved to Canada in the 1970s prior to breaking ground on ARK TWO in the early 1980’s.

Beach’s most notable recent achievement has been to coordinate a number of talented engineers in the development of a low cost and portable two way radio system capable of reliable five hundred mile range communication.

The radio uses current technology developed in proven state-of-the-art ham radio communication systems.

Field testing of prototypes had been completed by licensed ham radio volunteers who confirmed the radio range and performance under real world conditions. The radios are expected to cost less than US$200 each as a group development effort. The user must provide their own power supply, normally a 12 volt car or motorcycle battery, and the radio operates through a small computer. While it is unlawful to use the system to transmit in peace time, Beach’s plan is to disperse the radios throughout the SAFE Network in peacetime but only for use AFTER a global catastrophe scenario where all normal communication infrastructure is destroyed and peacetime laws are no longer applicable.

The shared production run of the radio will only be available to members of the SAFE Community, which however has TEAM Leaders in every state of the United States and is striving to increase its membership. Membership in SAFE is entirely free and a great amount of free information is shared among the members.

Bruce Beach is the author of two books, “Society After Doomsday” (ISBN 978-0-919553-20-0) and “TRIAD Individual Networking: Preparedness For Disastrous Times” (ISBN 978-0-919553-50-7)

Beach is a former Professor of Economics and is currently the only non-government Radiological Scientific Officer in Canada. He is also a licensed Amateur Radio Operator (callsign VE3UAL) and holds the highest endorsement available under the Canadian licensing system.

Ark Two is equipped with an advanced communications room capable of broadcasting locally on the FM Broadcast Band, and throughout Canada and the United States on the AM and Shortwave Bands, and is equipped for two-way worldwide communication on shortwave frequencies. The Ark Two communication equipment is EMP hardened and generator powered and may be one of the very few radio stations transmitting emergency survival information to the general public in the event of global thermonuclear war.

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11 replies

  1. Yes, you definitely got mine and my husband’s attention. We have ham radio licenses too and are very much aware that in case of such emergencies, we will be an asset in the area of communication Thank you for the info.

  2. good day i saw your episode on ng a cople of weeks ago ,and now is prepping something i do overhere in the netherlands .
    and you got me intrested in the ham radio system you made yourself.
    now was my question could you send my the buldingplans for that system so i can make it myself thx and grt harleyd.
    you can use the following emailadress

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