Super Cheap Survival Bunker Building in Buffalo

Want a backyard TEOTWAWKI play pen to make pretend Doomsday?

The article I’m referencing for this post is almost a year old, but it’s new to me. Maybe it’s new to you.

“Buffalo Man Lives in Underground Bunker”

This guy is literally – outta sight!
Well, when he’s in his bunker anyway.


It’s hard for me to imagine a less expensive way to build an underground bunker than what this guy has done. A roof, a shovel, and a bucket. Nothing more, nothing less. Holy minimalist! If someone was resourceful enough they could replicate this bunker for FREE by using recycled materials. Heck, it’s not even his land! This 47-year-old “Clarence Rounds” survival ninja has been LIVING in this bunker for over SIX YEARS! Post-apocalyptic world won’t mean much in the way of changes for this character . . . . . Clarence Rounds . . . . cool last name.

He decided to go subterranean when he was forced to leave another area, because they were converting it into a park, and he frequents the local soup kitchen. The guy is smart, though. Then again, aren’t all SHTF party peeps? Some would even call us seers, as we KNOW future society will collapse . . . but this guy’s bunker won’t! It took him 2 years to dig it out. It’s 16 x 20′ and 6.5′ deep, energy efficient, and requires no wall construction. Viva la dirt! Not having to hang drywall sounds dreamy to me.

Check it:

Clarence went to the Buffalo Public Library and read engineering books to learn how to make the bunker as structurally sound as possible. The initial fear was that heavy winter snow would cause it to collapse.

“I got books on roof framing, post framing, and things like that, so that I would have the formulas available to calculate the loads properly so the roof wouldn’t collapse on me while I was sleeping,” added Rounds.

A car battery serves as the main source of power for a small light and clock just above his bed.

That car battery is also connected to a spliced extension cord that powers a radio with speakers inside and outside of the bunker.

Gotta poop? Rounds scored one of those chairs with the poop bucket attached to it. You know, like the old folks use. He scores spare change for grub by working odd construction jobs.

Yo Rounds! You reading this blog from the public library? Contact me, bro – ranger @ I’ll totally hire you to like . . dig one of these things in my backyard. I’ll even come pick you up! Maine to Buffalo, I can do that in a day.

He sounds like a cool dude, check the article to read more about Rounds and scope his pic.

– Ranger Man

BTW: Here is your link of the day – Second Amendment Sisters.


Let this be a lesson to those of you that like blonde jokes . . .

Thanks for tossing me the link, JC.

11 comments… add one
  • GeologyJoe February 21, 2008, 8:46 am

    Maine to Buffalo and back = ~18 hours non-stop. Do it dude. Do it.

  • Jennersen February 21, 2008, 11:20 am

    Now that is the most ingenuous method of urban living I have ever read in my life. Sure he may not live like others or try to chase after it, but the guy is far from homeless and is living secure in the big city.

  • Dragon February 21, 2008, 12:29 pm

    Down side is that everyone and their mother has heard about his “bunker”. I give him a+4 fo effort but -3 for security. Dragon

  • Been around February 21, 2008, 1:51 pm

    Yes, Dragon but now he has a chance to make money doing it.Dig it?

  • ryan February 21, 2008, 1:53 pm

    I concur about his lack of opsec. What is the over head cover like? Asife from caving in is it just a thin roof?

  • buzz kimball February 21, 2008, 2:41 pm

    gee, hook up a solar panel and forget to use an aviation battery and your bunker is unsafe….

    here, in new hampshire we use wood as an alternate source of energy. the sun don’t shine most of the time (too much industrial pollution from maine, mass, and ct., not to mention the incinerators up the street). cough cough ! uck.

    light& love peace on earth, NOVOSONIC

  • Ranger Man February 21, 2008, 2:45 pm

    Buzz bro, are you sure it’s Maine that’s contributing to your pollution problems? Check the weather pattern. NH and ME is sometimes called the nation’s tail pipe. ME was part of a larger group of states that is (or was) suing the EPA for failing to enforce their clean air standards on mid-western states that emit pollution and send it all our way.

  • Intelex February 21, 2008, 3:22 pm

    Neat bunker.. agree on the op-sec, I would have never done the interview if it was my bunker.. but perhaps this guy just uses it as a place to live and does not think about TSHTF. Anyway cool article. Gives a new meaning for those people who think they can run out in the back yard and DIG a fallout shelter as the nukes are falling.. heh not gonna happen that quick.. took him a long time to dig that out.

  • dragyn March 6, 2008, 2:22 am

    Yeah – but he was homeless, right? Is this the republicrats answer to the housing problem? lol Maybe everyone should be reminded of the beginning of THE HOBBIT again: “In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat ….” Personally, I’ll take Frodo’s house at Crickhollow: a mile up a lonely road, surrounded by trees and a fence, solid one storey with thick walls and lots of pantries!

  • Angry Mike October 26, 2008, 5:14 pm

    The only problem I see is shoveling snow from your door. Buffalo gets a whole helluva lota snow. Any pictures of the inside?

    I have seen and even been in some cool houses built in to mounds of dirt/hillsides and some for under $1,000 including the cost of the shovel to dig with!

  • bmwsid September 10, 2010, 12:00 am

    Well and good. You knock his opsec, Let’s see anyone find this! I wonder how he keeps it from flooding! We got plenty of ground water here in western NY, too!!


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