Piece of mind has become big business. With all of the world’s uncertainties today, wealthy individuals, families, and companies are investing in bunkers to protect themselves in the event of fallout or civil unrest. We’ve rounded up three of the most popular builders right now plus a few ideas for gear should you want to pursue your own shelter.
If living solo with the family doesn’t sound appealing, you can buy one of 575 private bunkers on a 5,000-acre parcel in South Dakota. Vivos offers their XPoint shelters starting at $25,000 that come fully-stocked with a variety of amenities, including curved LED screens to mimic outdoor windows. They boast an “off-grid” location in a former Army munitions depot that’s “+/- 100 miles from the nearest known military nuclear targets.” They also have a small community shelter in Europe and a custom system for large groups of up to 500 people that can be installed in one location.
If you must have options when building your bunker, why not go to a manufacturer with 12 different floor plans? This Utah company has 10’ x 20’ spaces that start at $60,000 and go up very quickly to a 40’ x 50’ setup at $620,000. Each bunker comes with a high-level air filtration system and a variety of essentials for sanitation and showering. The entire enclave is wrapped in ¼’ thick steel and a 100-year epoxy tar coating for superior protection from just about anything.
Call it novel ingenuity or sheer craziness, this bunker builder takes formerly used defense sites and turns them into full condominium complexes that interested parties can buy into. They currently have two silos – both based in Kansas (buyers prepare contingency plans to get to Kansas in the event of an emergency). Half-floor units start at $1.5 million and pretty much mimic everything in standard urban living. Penthouses are $4.5 million worth of luxury spread over two levels and 3,600 sq. ft. and can be completely customized. The complexes come with access to a pool, exercise facility, dog park and an arcade.
If you’ve decided to build your own bunker, here are a few ideas for must-have gear to keep yourself nourished and occupied in the event of extended “off-grid” time:
Omeals – Self-heating, quality meals with a long shelf life.
Preppi Prepster – This first aid kit has everything you need to make it through the first 72 hours after a disaster with limited medical resources.
Hock Design – It’s not enough to have standard gym gear in your bunker. Go for high-end equipment that will last and keep your mind & body in tip-top shape while riding out whatever is going on in the world outside your reinforced doors.