To play devil's advocate......let's say you show up at a shelter with your family with supplies for 3 weeks and just 10 other people show up at shelter with no supplies ? how will that work out for you ? close the vents ? how do you know 3 weeks will be long enough to lay low ?Most of the people do not know where the old fallout shelters are located, so having a lot of people show up would not be a problem. Some shelter in a good solid building, with your own supply of food, is better than no shelter. You just close the vents, and lay low with your food for three weeks, and you will be good.
To play devil's advocate......let's say you show up at a shelter with your family with supplies for 3 weeks and just 10 other people show up at shelter with no supplies ? how will that work out for you ? close the vents ? how do you know 3 weeks will be long enough to lay low ?
Unless I had lots of warning, I'm not sure how I would get to one. Interestingly there is one, in a post office basement, about a half hour from me.
Depending on the traffic lol.
All funded shelters had field survey meters back in the day some had geiger counter or both, not the case today. Having less than an hour notice it would be nearly impossible to muster in a two week supply of minimal water and food for a family of two or even a single person. The vents if even still operational today, how to locate them in such low light in an unfamiliar building, not all vents are obvious
Far more variables than just walking in to a fallout shelter, fallout are very very different than a storm shelter.
I am 125 miles from Little Rock and Memphis ,,,,there is not a city within 55 miles of me with a population over 10000,,,by the time I drove to one of those locations I would be fried by radiation ,,,nope I will stay put I am far enough away from any target of interest that fallout should be at a minimumWe actually have a lot of locations in the Little Rock area on our Map
I would hazard a guess if you asked everyone who walked through the door at you local Walmart where a nuclear shelter was you would not get one person who knew.....I would also hazard a guess that none of those same people have any type of supplies for such an event.....How many people have a radiation meter ? 1 in a million ? About any emergency shelter is going to have LE, Military, Fire/Rescue or local emergency management people supposedly in charge, you won't be carrying guns into a shelter....your loaded vehicle that is left unattended will be broken into in short order and everything taken while your in the shelter.....maybe 1 in a million would have a portable ham radio to possibly get updates on what was happening and if it was a nuclear event that info would be highly varied and mostly mis-info......I would never go to any shelter where I had no control of my circumstances....and like what happened in Hawaii, if the next alarm is real ? the same thing will happen....chaos....and I will never expect the government to have any type of plan that will save me...I do the planning for myself to eliminate the screwup's of the government in such a situation....let all the people who care more about the latest IPhone, Purse and football game die together.....Usually people that know about the shelter are going to have the supplies with them. China's newest missile still takes an hour to hit any target in the US, and once the warning sounds, we will have time to grab our supplies and get to the shelter. The people who are not ready, will have no idea where to go. Look at what happened when the Hawaii warning went off. Most of the people hid in their bathtubs......
Always have a radiation reader as well, and a ham radio to stay informed on when it is safe to come out. Getting to the shelter is the easy part. When it comes time to get out of the shelter, that is when we will get exposed to the dark sides of humanity. Always have a gun too....