If you live in fear of a supervolcano, a killer comet, a global tsunami or just your regular, old human-caused crisis such as anarchy, then a California company has just the place - literally. It's selling shares of doomsday shelters.
And for those us of who can't shell out $35,000 for a fully stocked safe house - perfect for the next asteroid strike - Vivos is now offering a bargain-basement bunker "at the very affordable rate of just $9,950 per person." Yes, now you too can buy room in an impervious underground shelter to survive whatever man-made or natural cataclysms may lie ahead. "Economy class," the company calls it, for those "life-extinction events."
The company has more than five 200-person shelters under construction in the United States. According to Vivos, business is booming; company officials say sales are up 1,000 per cent since the Japanese earthquake in March. (Although it's not clear what means in hard numbers.)
One customer, Elan Yadan, who owns a clothing store in Los Angeles, paid $20,000 for deposits on four spots for his family in a shelter - instead, he told CNN, of making a down payment on a house. (To see what he paid for, click here.) "What good is a house if you don't feel safe?" he asked. "I'm not a psychic but I'm not a scientist either, so I'd rather err on the side of caution - and I'd rather survive and live in a bunker for a year than be wiped out."
The discount bunker, the company says, was in response to customer demand. It won't be as posh as the luxury model - which comes with a medical and dental centre, pool tables, pet kennels and wine cellar - but life for the 1,000 people inside the complex will surely be better than what's facing the hapless humans on the surface. The "Vivos 100" is designed to withstand a 20-megaton nuclear blast within nine kilometres and can keep its residents alive for six months.
But money isn't enough to secure safety. You still have to "apply" for one of the limited spots and demonstrate that you can contribute to the shelter community.
"Waiting until the masses realize the end is near will be too late," warns company CEO Robert Vicino in a press statement. "Ask yourself, which side of the door do you want to be on?"
Of course, one of the big issues should doomsday arrive, (as anyone who has ever seen a disaster movie knows) may be actually getting to the door itself. Visos is cagey about saying exactly where its bunkers are, but the discount one is located somewhere in Nebraska.
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