Whether it's climate change and rising oceans, North Korea launching a nuclear attack, President Trump getting red button trigger happy, or some kind of cosmic annihilation event, doomsday scenarios look ever more likely these days. But, not everyone gets to survive an earth-shattering catastrophe though. Not if you don't have the appropriate underground bunker to ride it out in.
That's where the California-based Vivos Group comes in. The company creates huge fortified underground survival shelters that can be bought for around $25,000. The group owns around 575 private bunkers which are located on 9,000 acres in South Dakota and bills itself as "The Largest Survival Community On Earth!"
The bunkers are made from hardened concrete and steel and were originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers back in 1942, intended as a military compound to store explosives and munitions. It means they can withstand a 500,000-pound blast from explosives.
Vivos Group bought the bunkers in 2016 and have been turning it into a shelter community for the rich of the earth. Bunkers range in size from 26 feet in width and 60 feet or 80 feet in length and you can fit around a year's worth of supplies in them.
If you buy a shelter it comes without anything in it but Vivos will deck it out for you—for an additional cost, of course, depending on what you want. If you want the works, blast door seal and interior lock, escape hatch, exhaust and air vents, a propane generator, a fuel tank, electrical wiring, plumbing, a hot water heater, and a septic system it'll set you back around $12,000. If you want additional luxuries it could cost anything up to an additional $20,000 or more.
Some of them are already decked out in pure luxury, like their Vivos Indiana which can accommodate up to 80 people. "Vivos Indiana is a one of the most fortified, nuclear hardened shelters within our network." say the company. "Like a very comfortable 4-Star hotel, this massive shelter is tastefully and comfortably furnished and decorated, completely outfitted, fully stocked with food, toiletries, linens, medical supplies, a one year supply of fuel, a deep water well, NBC filtration systems, geothermal heating and cooling, bedroom suites, full size showers and bathrooms, a theater area, dining area, lounge area, exercise equipment, kennels, a garden area for fresh vegetables, laundry area, abundant storage areas, ATV's, bicycles, tools, a workshop, security devices; and, just about everything else that may be needed to ride out virtually any catastrophic event. You only need to bring your personal clothing and medications."
Other bunkers fit only ten people and, again, can be suped up. Renderings by Vivos show LED TVs replacing windows, a pool table, and luxury leather sofas. That way while the world above is ravaged by zombies or flooded or warring over dwindling resources you can live out the apocalypse in pure style. Until your supplies run out that is and you're forced overground.
Although Vivos have even thought of that, because they intend to staff the complex with people who will provide security, maintenance, and offer other help. They also intend to open a general store, so if you do have to leave your bunker you won't have to leave the compound and encounter any starving, desperate riff raff. Vivos also intend to create a space that could be used for schooling and for training, so you can effectively get on with life while the world burns.
It's like one of the communities in The Walking Dead, if they were populated by the wealthiest people on the planet. Find out more about the bunkers at Vivos' website.