Only large properties will be required to have nuclear shelters under law revisions coming into force in 2012.This content was published on November 30, 2011 - 13:39
The Swiss cabinet approved changes to the law on protecting civilians on Wednesday. As of January, a legal requirement for bunkers will apply only to buildings with more than 38 rooms
Previously any building with more than eight rooms needed to have a fallout shelter.
New bunkers will also have to be bigger, capable of fitting at least 25 people.
As part of wider reforms, the cabinet launched a consultation at the start of November on a new strategy for better preparation for natural disasters and in emergency situations.
Switzerland’s system of emergency shelters was launched in the Cold War era of the 1960s amid fears of a nuclear bomb. There is room for 6.7 million people in bunkers.
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