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“Away from riots, violence and floods…only those who are well-prepared will survive the apocalypse,” with these expressions, the construction company of Apocalypse Shelters promotes its armored housing units to protect the wealthy in the event of disaster. What is this disaster? What are they afraid of specifically? A question that will be answered by global events and economic collapses that feed the fears of the world’s rich on the day the incident occurs.
A meteor will strike the Earth in the manner of Hollywood movies, a nuclear missile, another pandemic, or even the revolution of the hungry, these are the scenarios of the end of the world as some imagine.
While the average person continues his daily life in search of food for his family, the wealthy plan precautionary measures in the form of “safe houses” and shelters that will protect them from enemy missiles or the wrath of people when they are hungry.
If you imagine for a moment that the rulers and the rich ran to hide, then perhaps the first thing that comes to your mind is dark, fortified concrete rooms buried underground, impenetrable by missiles, and no one knows where they are; Filled with canned food, water bottles, medicine and first-aid batteries enough for a very limited number, or in the other a certain political elite, you are wrong, the reality on the ground is completely different from these perceptions, and the “terrified” of the end of the world are very many and have a lot of money.
Just a few weeks ago, for example, the threat of the Corona pandemic receded, and the fear of the outbreak of a third world war – or perhaps nuclear – due to the Russian attack on Ukraine was advanced, and it topped the list of fears of the wealthy West, whether in Europe or America.
To reassure these fears, few companies are catering to the growing demand for places that “protect from any danger,” whether it is a global pandemic, a meteor, World War III, or civil unrest as a result of economic policies that increase the wealth of the rich and the poverty of the poor.
This protection is not provided with minimal means or costs; Start! Rather, it offers high quality standards and luxurious amenities, far from the stereotypical dark concrete rooms in the underground.
Rich people are looking for apocalypse shelters
An American company called Rising S Company, which perhaps no one has heard of, is working away from the media hype to respond to these concerns and turn them into profits in the millions.
Based in Texas, its general manager Gary Lynch said he has received inquiries from potential clients in Italy, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States and Canada, as a result of military events in Ukraine. Inquiries have been about the cost and effectiveness of so-called “end of the world bunkers” or “Doomsday Bunkers”.
Over the past five years, the sector has boomed and shelter owners have built their luxury havens with one goal: to protect their families.
From safe rooms with escape hatches through a tunnel under their vast estates to escape away from their main residence, to yachts moving at sea, apocalypse sanctuaries have high standards that won’t be compromised with luxury, even if death is knocking on the door.
Vivos is another such company that specializes in building and managing high-end shelters.
“Your father’s or grandfather’s shelter was not comfortable, it was gray and metal like a ship or a military place for example, but the truth is that the human race can’t survive long in such a bleak and austere environment,” its CEO, Robert Ficino, tells CNN.
The director of Rising S Company said that sales of underground apocalypse shelters increased 700% in 2016 compared to 2015, while overall sales increased 300% after the election that brought former President Donald Trump to the presidency.
This company’s sheet-steel bunkers, designed to last for generations, can hold at least one year’s supply of food per resident and withstand earthquakes, and many have hydroponic gardens, if the longer stays.
Indeed, many of the world’s elite, including hedge fund managers, sports stars and tech executives, have chosen to design their own secret shelters to house their families and employees when needed near or under their properties. It is rumored that Bill Gates has caches on all his properties in New York and Washington.
The owners of these shelters also include American player Tom Brady and his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, as well as famous singers Julio Iglesias and Ivanka Trump, according to Business Insider.
But while some want to hole up alone, others prefer to face the apocalypse in a communal environment that offers an experience a bit closer to the real world, so what good is heaven if it’s empty of people?
Representing abandoned military installations in a new way
To provide collective shelters for tens or perhaps hundreds of people, these companies had the challenge of finding a safe place to house this large number. The abandoned military installations and headquarters and missile silos built by the United States or the Soviet governments, were an option that satisfies both parties.
The developers offered these remote and unknown sites to those who could afford them, and saved millions of dollars buying these abandoned, but fortified and militarily fortified facilities.
These military headquarters were originally built to withstand a nuclear attack, and come equipped with power systems, water purification systems, blast valves, and nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) air filtration, so what better place to hide from the apocalypse?
Not only did companies offer their advantages that protect against the dangers of the outside world, but they also work to create integrated societies with a set of human skills needed in the long term, by selling them to people with expertise such as doctors and teachers; In anticipation of a long-term emergency.
The rich prepare for the end of the world
One of these bunkers is Vivos xPoint, which is located in a central region of the United States in the state of South Dakota, on an area of 47 square kilometers. This collective shelter consists of 575 former military bunkers, which served as an ammunition depot for the US Army until 1967.
The US Army then sold the hide to the township of Edgemont, which in turn sold it to local ranchers. The bunkers remained empty until Vivos bought the bunker.
The military bunker was turned into a facility that accommodates about 5,000 people. The interiors were furnished according to the wishes of the owners of each shelter, at a cost of between 25,000 and 200,000 dollars, each according to its ability, in addition to the price of the property itself.
The collective shelter also includes a community theater, classrooms, water parks, medical clinic, spa and gym.
The company promotes its units as for sale or rent, whether for a few days or for continuous months, and on its website the phrase “Point X is the point in time at which only those who are prepared survive.”
Luxurious stay in the Czech Republic
For those who prefer sheltering alone or at least with handpicked family and friends, The Oppidum in the Czech Republic offers recreational options, even being described as “the largest refuge for billionaires in the world”.
The top-secret facility, once a joint venture between the former Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia), took a full 10 years to build, starting in 1984, according to CNN.
The site now includes an above-ground property and an underground complex of 7,200 square metres. While the final product is built to the specifications of those wishing to purchase apocalypse shelters, initial designs include an underground garden, swimming pool, spa, cinema and wine cellar.
While many consider the luxurious amenities of these facilities unnecessary; Given external threats, the developers argue that these features are essential for survival.
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This bunker was once a US government missile silo in the Cold War. Constructed in the early 1960s, at a cost of nearly $15 million in taxpayer money, it was one of 72 buildings constructed to protect a nuclear warhead 100 times more powerful than the bomb the US government dropped on Nagasaki.
Many of these silos were blown up and buried after decades of neglect, but not all.
One of these silos was bought by a former US government agent named Larry Hall, who decided to combine his past and current military experiences with real estate development to provide a haven for America’s frightened wealthy.
In the 1990s he worked for a private defense contractor, where he designed a weapons database for an Air Force surveillance plane, then moved on to building powerful data centers.
At first, he planned to build a shelter inside a hermitage; But he soon realized that there was another emerging market: the rich preparing for the end of the world.
Hall purchased the $15 million silo in 2008 for $300,000. By 2010, the 60-meter-deep building had been transformed into a luxurious 15-storey building, where 75 people could live for 5 years in a hermetic bunker while being self-sufficient.
Donald Trump Multiple Shelters
The spring of 2020 provided a glimpse into how civil unrest has erupted and threatens their security.
That year, public frustration with the police led to unrest across the United States, including in Washington, DC.
On one occasion, former President Donald Trump hid in a bunker under the White House, as protesters clashed with police and Secret Service agents abroad.
Those concrete walls protected the president, and opened the door to a different kind of commerce.
And Trump, who has provoked the sentiments of half of the American people, is proud of the bunkers under his famous New York estate, under his Miami golf course, as well as at his famous Mar-a-Lago resort, the Guardian reports.
The resort has a bunker built in the early 1950s, and in 2007 Trump told an Esquire reporter that he had spent $100,000 “repairing” the bunker on the golf course, and that in the event of a disaster, the Mar-a-Lago resort’s bunker It is where he wants to hide.