Doomsday bunkers have become increasingly popular, thanks to the Japan tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the end-of-the-world predictions. At one time, only those known to wear tinfoil hats even considered building a doomsday shelter, but now it's an industry that attracts all types of people, from middle-class families to wealthy professionals.Nestorus
A New Obsession
Discovery Channel's show Doomsday Bunkers premiered in March of this year, and showcases some of the most extreme doomsday bunkers built in the United States and abroad. They ranch from tiny huts in the middle of nowhere to multi-million dollar luxury suites for those who intend to survive the end of the world in style.
Doomsday bunkers are shelters built to withstand severe assaults on earth and its inhabitants, from hurricanes to germ warfare, to radiation poisoning. Some are built deep underground, sometimes several stories below earth's surface, while others are built up and reinforced by concrete, steel, and other materials.
Building and Prepping
The doomsday bunkers themselves are only the start of the story. Not only must owners commission someone to actually build the shelter, but they must also stock it with supplies that will allow them to ride out whatever tragedy strikes. From clean water and non-perishable food to generators and entertainment material, these bunkers require significant storage space.
Furthermore, doomsday theorists must either obtain the necessary permits to build their bunkers or build them entirely off the grid. Many fear that obtaining permission to build bunkers will let people know where they are, which is apparently a major fear in the doomsday culture. Consequently, they build without any of the necessary permits.
Extreme Doomsday Bunkers
In a prime example of the most extreme doomsday bunkers, Denver-area developer Larry Hall has designed a series of luxury condos to be build in an underground missile silo. A full floor of doomsday bunker space will set buyers back $2 million, while half a bunker is half the price. Each unit is encased in concrete and steel, and the perimeter is fortified by barbed-wire fences and security cameras. An indoor farm and an underground water supply are just the beginning of the perks.
Then you have Vivos, a development firm dedicated exclusively to the design and construction of doomsday bunkers. They're taking a different approach to survivalism, building underground pods that house approximately 200 people. Customers can purchase a portion of a bunker, sort of like a time share. The cost? Fifty thousand per adult and twenty thousand per child, all for approximately 100 square feet of living space.
Of course, one doesn't need to invest thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in a doomsday bunker. It is possible to fortify one's current home for the end of the world, using a closet, basement, or add-on.