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As signs of the End Times both man made and natural become impossible to ignore, it seems that an increasing number of people are willing to take survivalism to its ultimate conclusion: the doomsday bunker.
It is still a relatively small market, but builders of fallout shelters and survival bunkers of all stripes are recording record sales in the wake of increasing natural disasters, chaotic political upheaval, and the threat of coming earth changes.
One company, Hardened Structures cites the following client demographics:
- 30% believe in 2012 or end-of-the world scenarios
- 50-55% are concerned about economic collapse and political unrest
- 20% wish to protect against military, data storage and EMP threats
A recent story highlighted luxury bunker living, replete with a wine cellar and nearly every manner of creature comforts. However, there is actually a wide range of survival shelters available at various price points and purpose. Do you want to prepare for short-term threats such as earthquakes, storms, or political unrest? Or a doomsday scenario such as 2012, nuclear strike, or massive earth changes ? Do you want a personal family bunker, or fractional-ownership community living?
Bunker living isn't for everyone, but for those who are curious about what the options are, and at what cost, here is the latest:
Budget: Less than $10,000One of the least expensive and perhaps practical ways to protect you and your family in a short-term emergency is a portable Protective Tent from Underground Bomb Shelters . Starting at $8,800 plus shipping, their LSS-80 Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection System can be made fully operational in less than 15 minutes.
Budget: Less than $50,000Option 1: Do-It-Yourself -- The video below shows a functional shelter created from an 8-meter long shipping container done on the cheap. If prepared properly this will enable survival of anything other than a direct hit.
Option 2: Ready-Made -- According to Hardened Structures, their most popular shelter is a $38,000 unit with a steel shell and blast door with air-filtering system. It is engineered to protect against nuclear, biological and chemical disasters, as well as catastrophic storms. These structures are waterproof, and can be expanded to accommodate additional residents employing a modular approach.
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Budget: Less than $100,000 (Family)These premier underground shelters are built with steel both reinforced and insulated. One shelter holds over 2 years food supply for a family of up to 5 people. Shelters can be clustered together for more people and storage space. Available for 5, 10, 15 people or more. Shelters also can arrive completely stocked.
Budget: Less than $100,000 (Community)For the crème de la crème of community fallout shelters, one company has risen above the rest: Vivos in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Their ultimate vision is one of a network of shelters near major cities where people could retreat in case of nearly any conceivable magnitude of disaster. They already have designed an underground community that can house up to 200 people for one year of living. Units are sold on a fractional-ownership basis starting at between $25K - $50K depending on geographical location:
Budget: UnlimitedLuxury Survival Condos : Developer Larry Hall has chosen Kansas as the place to house his 15-story condo complex with units ranging from $900K to nearly $2M. Living space is roughly 900 sq. ft. for 3-5 people and double that for 6-10 people. Beyond these luxury survival condos, all manner of custom construction is available, with suppliers stating that they have received orders into the many tens of millions of dollars.
Unfortunately, less and less people have the means to afford a fully equipped, long-term survival structure, even if staying underground for months or years on end sounds like a viable option.
If you have constructed, or purchased your own short- or long-term doomsday bunker, please contact us about the process, product report, or tips to reduce the cost -- and we will post your experience anonymously if you wish.
In the meantime, absent the ability to prepare for a doomsday that may or may not happen, it is wise to take reasonable precautions against rising food costs, supply line disruptions, and the host of natural disasters which are on the rise.
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