Doomsday shelter currently selling bunker space (w/ Video)

Apr 12, 2010 by Lisa Zyga weblog
One of Vivos' shelters can support 200 people for one year in case of an apocalypse. This illustration shows one level of a shelter. Credit: Vivos.

( -- California-based company Vivos is providing you and about 4,000 other people the chance to survive the end of the world. The company plans to build a network of 20 shelters near most major cities of the US. Each 20,000-square-foot shelter, which can hold up to 200 people, would be located about five stories underground with walls two to three feet thick. The shelters would be stocked with a year’s supply of “gourmet foods,” as well as medical and dental centers and - as seen in the video below - flat-screen TVs.

Each shelter costs about $10 million to build, and Vivos is selling space in the price range of about $50,000 per person. So far, about 1,000 applications have been received for space in the shelters.

Once a certain number of applications have been received and candidates selected for a shelter location, Vivos will begin construction of the shelter. When completed, ownership will be turned over to the Vivos Owners’ Association, where the owners would be responsible for security and maintenance, contributing their own skills and expertise to ensure the long-term survival of the shelter. Vivos hopes to complete construction and commissioning of the nationwide network by December 21, 2012 (the end of the Mayan calendar, which is also a countdown clock on Vivos’ website).

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A tour of Vivos' underground shelter network.

As Vivos founder Robert Vicino explains, the shelters can withstand almost any global disaster that you might think of. Nuclear attacks, bio terrorism, chemical warfare, super volcano eruptions, asteroids, , tsunamis, earthquakes, pole shifts, the return of Planet X, social and political anarchy - all have the potential to wipe out humanity but could be survived by living in a Vivos shelter. In addition, Vivos notes that the end of the world has been predicted throughout history by such influential forces as the Mayans, Nostradamus, and the Bible. From such omens arises Vivos’ motto: “You can’t predict, but you can prepare.”

In addition to sparing the lives of 200 people, each shelter will also become a DNA depository, according to Vivos. Universities are invited to submit DNA samples of every living thing on Earth, along with seeds, which will be stored in refrigerated vaults. As Vivos’ website explains, “This will assure the greatest chance of future restoration of the world as we know it, regardless of the catastrophe. Vivos may prove to be the next ‘Genesis’ for Earth and a new beginning for Life.” The vaults will also contain off-road vehicles and hunting and fishing equipment for when returning to the surface.

Vivos, which is a privately funded venture with no religious affiliations, adds one more remark that might concern people: the world’s governments are already building underground shelters for the elite, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves.

“As seen in most disasters, even in America, the government may not be there for you, and cannot accommodate, or provide for everyone,” Vivos states on its website. “This is especially true with any widespread event, as witnessed with Katrina, or what may be even more catastrophic in the coming years. Vivos is your opportunity to have a shelter solution that is assured to be there waiting for you, even on short notice.”

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1.3 / 5 (4) Apr 12, 2010
Ok let me get this straight. They are building it, essentially selling an underground condo to people at an enormous cost per person, and then they expect the purchasers to perform upkeep on their brainchild...
I would think if the people who would live there have to keep it up for them, shouldnt they be getting free rooms....?
4 / 5 (6) Apr 12, 2010
Vault-Tec Industries

4.7 / 5 (6) Apr 12, 2010
For that kind of money I hope they tested the shelters against graboids and sandworms.
3.5 / 5 (2) Apr 12, 2010
It doesn't seem too expensive at $136.00 per day.
5 / 5 (4) Apr 12, 2010
If I hear one more person talk about 2012 or the Mayan calendar I will end their life. They won't have to wait or worry anymore. The shelter is good for a year? What exactly are they expecting for the apocalypse? I always imagined an apocalypse as more of a two year thing at least. I hope that it would be an asteroid and that it would land smack dab in the center of their complex.
5 / 5 (5) Apr 12, 2010
1 year food supply? Their expecting the world to rehabilitate from an asteroid wipe-out which will scorch the entire surface of the planet in 1 year? Come on..
not rated yet Apr 12, 2010
If I hear one more person talk about 2012 or the Mayan calendar I will end their life. They won't have to wait or worry anymore. The shelter is good for a year? What exactly are they expecting for the apocalypse? I always imagined an apocalypse as more of a two year thing at least. I hope that it would be an asteroid and that it would land smack dab in the center of their complex.

I have no doubt that many envisioned catastrophes would last longer than a year, but as time marches on, I also expect this type of concept to attract more and more interest, where they could build complexes with multi-year provisioning.
not rated yet Apr 12, 2010
5 stories underground is probably 40 - 50 ft.

Is that deep enough to protect from all those nasty things?

Would participants get their money back if it doesn't? :-)

I hope they are including some good DVDs in their stockpile.

Come the apocalypse it'll be hell to find a good cable or broadcast channel.

Heck it's hard enough pre-apocalypse...

"The sewing channel"
"Cooking with bugs"

4 / 5 (1) Apr 12, 2010
If Armed Man walks down there moments prior to the apocalypse, Unarmed Vault-dweller just lost his spot. I like how they claim to protect against "social anarchy"... how do they propose doing this? I'd think that during social anarchy, these vaults would be hit first just out of principle
4 / 5 (4) Apr 12, 2010
5 stories underground is probably 40 - 50 ft.

Is that deep enough to protect from all those nasty things?

There are bomb shelters on the market with claims of survivability as long as the shelter is outside of the crater (assuming ground burst). So that would equal about 400 meters from ground zero with a 10MT blast.

4 / 5 (1) Apr 12, 2010
Right. 200 people are going to share an apparently very cramped space and equitably share resources for a year. Not likely. Someone is going to take over and demand a large share for him/herself and a few friends. After a year, I'd wager that the average survival rate would be less than 50%.
5 / 5 (1) Apr 12, 2010
If I hear one more person talk about 2012 or the Mayan calendar I will end their life.

Make sure you kill them on December 20th (1 day early), 2012. Just to make your point. And to make them very unhappy.
5 / 5 (3) Apr 12, 2010
5 / 5 (5) Apr 13, 2010
i'll have my minions riding on bicycle generators so i can continue reading physorg from vault-13
1 / 5 (1) Apr 13, 2010
One year food supply, yea right! Come back when you have a 10 year food supply and then you'll be in the ball park.
And you better keep your locations secret, because otherwise people are gonna come with heavy earth movers and cutting torches to get at all that food.
not rated yet Apr 13, 2010
Youre all forgetting 1 year 'gourmet' food = 10 years crap food.
5 / 5 (3) Apr 13, 2010
I have room for one other person in my well stocked wine-cellar. Now taking applications from single ladies.
not rated yet Apr 13, 2010
Each shelter has food for 100 people for 1 year, so if something were to happen to 98 of those people could 2 people live comfortably for 50 years? Just asking...
not rated yet Apr 13, 2010

Exercise bikes!

I would expect they have generators and fuel stored.
A years worth.
not rated yet Apr 15, 2010
But will it save you from the zombie apocalypse?
1 / 5 (1) Apr 17, 2010
Nope. Great idea, wrong location. Need to be at altitude in mountain ranges near the poles.
1 / 5 (1) Apr 17, 2010
You would be better off building your own shelter. For a tenth of that $50K you can build one yourself and stock it with a year's food plus seed for the subsequent years.
not rated yet Apr 19, 2010
Gourmet food for one year, then start eating each other! Makes perfect sense.

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