A storm shelter is a place where colonists can take refuge from a solar flare. The main settlement will be well shielded, so it in itself will be a storm shelter. However, manned rovers, railroad cars, airships and landers will need emergency shielding if a solar flare occurs.
Strong localized magnetic fields have been shown to offer significant shielding from radiation. Such shields could be made portable for use on vehicles.
- Is there any way of measuring high radiation levels on the surface of Mars? If such levels are detected, will it be too late?
- Even with space access, an autonomous colony will not be able to launch its own satellites to monitor the Sun until a rather advanced state of development.