The 'Disaster House,' for every paranoid

A dwelling for the instant apocalypse.

Mike Yamamoto Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.
Mike Yamamoto
Gregg Fleishman

The work of a true paranoid, we can say with first-person certainty, is never done. The soundproof "WhisperRoom" may be good for countering the eavesdropping devices we're sure are embedded in our walls, for instance, but it's just a start. What we really need is something closer to the "DH1 Disaster House."

The brainchild of California architect Gregg Fleishman, the European birch structure is meant to be used in the post-apocalyptic environment left by disasters of natural and human-made origin alike, according to SCI FI Tech. And at 14 x 14 feet square, it's bigger than a few Manhattan apartments we've seen.

One thing we're dubious about, however: The shelter, which can be constructed without screws or nails, supposedly can be built or disassembled in hours. Fleishman is obviously overestimated our skills at manual labor, having not seen the bunker we've been trying to build in our basement. Just once, can't we get a disaster shelter that comes pre-assembled?