When you think of a doomsday bunker, you probably don’t imagine anything more than practical… and certainly not luxurious. Cast aside those visions of bare-bones survival bunkers and feast your eyes upon a South Dakota doomsday bunker complex that can house 10,000 people when the end of the world is here. If the world is going to crumble around you, wouldn’t you rather live it up in style?
The doomsday bunkers are not only solid and state-of-the-art, they also have totally stunning interiors, with all of the home comforts you’d want in a living space. The basic design is the same for all of the bunkers, but the interiors are stylish and comfortable, with amenities like big screen TVs and pool tables. For those missing a view of the outside world (well, pre-disaster, that is), Vivos, the company building the bunkers, includes a series of “virtual windows” that simulate outside views.
The complex is being called the “back up plan for mankind” and features a city-sized grouping developed on 18 square miles of military space of underground homes that could save thousands of people should nuclear war occur or an asteroid strike.
The bunkers are constructed of reinforced concrete and steel walls and doors and span 26 feet wide and up to 80 feet long. Each home can house between 10 and 20 people and has enough supplies for 12 months.
Daily Mail reports that Robert Vicino, founder and CEO of Vivos, said of the community: “To not have this and to have a back up plan for mankind to have an insurance policy is crazy. At the cost we’re able to do this – $25,000 per bunker its nothing, so it’s crazy not to. It’s nothing more than life assurance.”
Gary Lynch, general manager of Rising S, another bunker company, noted that since Trump’s election, the sale of underground bunkers have gone up by 300 percent. Vivino noted of the uptick in sales: “Everyone has gut level feelings and they’re all concerned something is about to happen. Our buyers are not paranoid, they’re aware, they’re well educated.”
Vivos bought the bunker space in 2016, which were originally used by the Army in 1942, and expect the first bunkers will be available to move into this summer, as Vivino explained the scope: “This project will accommodate somewhere between six and ten thousand people when it’s completed.” He added: “It’s going to be the largest survival community on the planet.”
Those commenting on the Daily Mail‘s coverage of the bunkers weren’t entirely sold, with one person sarcastically noting: “I’m sure it will be just awesome inside of those as the world collapses.”
Another commenter was also skeptical about some of the design elements, noting: “I can’t help but laugh at these people. Nice trashcan in the kitchen…where will you empty the trash to once you’re sealed in the bunker? How will you replace air filters? Where will you get fresh air if the air outside is toxic? Why do you need a full kitchen? Are you going to pick up some fresh meat and eggs? Where’s the garden for the veggies you’ll be cooking? In a survival situation, you need freeze-dried food and clean water, that’s it. It’s ‘survival.’ His customers are smart and well-read, he says. I say they have more money than brains.”