Articles in Bunkers
Robert Vicino, CEO of The Vivos Group, received a lot of media attention leading up to 2012 – promoting the idea of buying a berth in a bunker. His plans were grand, and relied on hundreds of people providing up-front money. Although many reasons were cited, my guess is that the Barstow missile silo was never purchased because too few people had paid a deposit.
While I am sure he would get customers if the facility was already built, it is hard to ask people to believe in what would be the first commercial bunker of such a scale.
Still, Vivos now has plans for a new silo bunker in Kansas:
Dubbed the Vivos Survival Shelter & Resort, it’s hoped the complex will accommodate more than 5,000 people “for a minimum of one year of autonomous survival,” be able to store DNA and gamete cells of thousands frozen within a series of cryovaults, …
First of all, I doubt any readers of this blog have the £2.5 million required to purchase this property…
…but if you did, it would make a great survivalist holiday camp. Be the first in the world!
Very secure, completely fenced and gated
Massive 20,820 sq.ft. bunker, three levels, rebuilt in the 1980s – modern!
Tennis and squash courts
15 buildings in total
Ebay listing / Telegraph article
There’s a massive dilemma for preppers who wish to prepare for an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) from enemies or nature:
Buy a Faraday Cage – very expensive, because none are made for the consumer market
Build a Faraday Cage – and never know if you got it right until crunch time
Most designs that can be found online for a Faraday Cage are for something the size of a shoebox or similar. A simple description is a tightly-closed metal box (like an ammo tin), covered in tin foil, grounded, with some form of simple insulation on the inside (like cardboard). Put anything electronic inside it and it will survive an EMP – because the cage will receive the energy and dissipate it via the grounding. The same principle applies to lightning rods on church steeples.
An episode of Doomsday Preppers features Tim Ralston (the guy who shot his thumb off) who is using shipping containers …
It’s hard to think of a business not having an “end of the world” promotion. Even our local pizza store is encouraging people to fill up on pizza for their last meal. But in some cases the promotion is worth a look, like this one from an Australian real estate site:
10 perfect apocalyptic retreats
Typically the properties have some form of self-sufficiency, be it a good supply of water, solar power, or land suitable for agriculture.
These two are my favorites, and also the top two listed, so they know their stuff!
Coober Pedy, South Australia
Prior to pyramids, people hid underground. Most pyramids are above a cave/tunnel/alcove that was the original shelter. There’s nothing better to protect you from cosmic rays and meteor showers and solar storms and forest fires than some earth and rock.
This is a 3-bedroom home, but because it is in one of Australia’s hottest towns, it exists underground (like …
Strong enough to withstand 300 mph winds, these steel and concrete domes even remain standing after being hit by U.S. Airforce bunker-busting bombs. That’s why this product is being targeted at businesses in hurricane regions. While not affordable by most survivalists, if there is one in your area when disaster strikes, it could well aid your survival.
Inside will be stored generators, trucks, communications equipment and an array of repair supplies waiting to be dispatched as soon as the next hurricane or tornado (or wildfire, earthquake, etc.) has passed. When there’s notice, as with a looming storm, workers will be housed there as well, ready to roll as soon as the wind dies down.
165-feet in diameter, and costing approximately $1 million to build, the domes are able to be built very quickly – twice as quick as a traditional building of the same dimensions.
The construction of steel reinforced concrete domes is …
You know how you hear stories about people buying something at auction for a bargain basement price, like a foreclosed home? Well, it can happen with bunkers as well – earlier this year in Switzerland someone picked up an underground hotel for just $1000.
Maybe the same can happen in Atchison, Kansas? Well, the starting bid is just $1, for a facility being sold by the government. You’ll need to deposit $30K to be able to bid, but this is no backyard bunker:
2.7 million square feet of underground storage facility
125 acres above ground
1 million square feet underground is paved, with temperature and humidity controls and a sprinkler system
No mention of what the reserve price might be – perhaps there isn’t one? More info at GSA Auctions
I’ve advocated this in my book (see SafeSpots.info), but I only highlighted a few choice examples of underground properties that would make great survival bunkers. The best is somewhere nearby, somewhere you can get to. So here’s a web site that lists 700 or so underground structures in the USA. Most of these will be easy to infiltrate in a SHTF situation, but check them out aforehand… Don’t be shot looking for shelter by someone protecting their stash.
Heritage Center at the Homestead National Monument, Beatrice
Museum of the Fur Trade, Chadron
Harriman Dispatching Center, Omaha
Mutual of Omaha Headquarters addition, Omaha
Benedictine Mission House, Schuyler
Consider buying the book as a survivalist conversation piece.
I guess I’m just reminding y’all that the Powers That Be understand that it is best to be prepared, even if you don’t know what will happen, or when. I’m not suggesting that you build a mutli-level bunker like the Walton family, but please take a hint from your leaders and at least store some food and water.
Those involved in its construction were obliged to sign the Official Secrets Act, and even now you won’t get a peep out of the BBC press office to acknowledge the reality.
Measuring 175ft long, the bunker – known to high command as Pawn: Protected Area Wood Norton – remains ready for service in the event of an attack on London. It is said to have beds and ping-pong tables and is connected by tunnels dug into the hillside to a mast on top of the hill which is fitted with a super high-frequency satellite …
This is a short but useful video. A lot of people in Boise would know some or all of these locations, but perhaps not consider them should disaster strike.
If you keep survival in the back of your mind, there are likely to be many places in your neighborhood you can discover that are safer than your home. And when the SHTF, they might be easy to access. In my book, Survive 2012, I repeatedly point out some massive, safe structures that might be preferable to your own home. In England for example, there are some castles that would be easy to get into. I’m not saying that should be your Plan A, but rather be aware of your options.
Exercise: wander into some local office buildings and use the elevator. See how many floors there are below ground.
In the last couple of days most Australian newspapers have run this story:
A 2012 doomsday group is charging $5000 for admission to a survival bunker in the northern NSW hills.
Massive earthquakes, shifts in the Earth’s poles and devastating solar flares will be among events faced by the global community this year, according to the group, which describes itself as a “survival community”.
Group organiser, NSW refrigeration mechanic Simon Young, said the entry fee went towards concrete and other materials to construct the bunker, believed to be in mountains near Tenterfield.
The group points to Egyptian texts, Bible passages and a frozen mammoth as evidence the world will undergo massive physical change around December 21.
The first thing that stood out for me is that Tenterfield is a great location – according to my research the New England Tablelands region of NSW is the best survival area in the world. And when I visited …
Of course being on eBay doesn’t mean it is a bargain: $425K or make an offer:
19 Acre ATLAS-F ICBM Missile Silo Base Underground Doomsday Fortress Bunker
I’d buy it, but they don’t offer international shipping
But the real reason for this post is to share the following video. If you have been considering (or dreaming) of owning a decommissioned missile silo, here’s one that is not full of water, but there’s still a lot of work needed:
I’m skeptical, but stranger things have happened… First drool over the property:
The unique hotel is a conversion of an underground artillery fort at the heart of the Gotthard. Some 250 metres underground, the stunningly situated luxury hotel consists of 17 rooms, a restaurant, library, spa and swimming pool, as well as 4,000 square metres of conference space, Le Matin reported.
The hotel, designed by Jean Odermatt as a kind of meditative post-modern monastery, was opened in 2004 after private investors and the Swiss state invested 4 million francs ($4,092,400) to carry out the necessary works.
The hotel was declared bankrupt in 2010 due to insufficient visitors and high operating costs. The electricity bill alone came to 60,000 francs ($61,373) a year.
Now drool over the purchase price:
Lucia Filippi, the new owner of the La Claustra hotel, said he attended the auction without any intention of purchasing the property. When the auction had eventually …
A show called Mermaids: The Body Found has been running on Animal Planet in the USA. According to Huff Post, it’s not exactly a serious doco, but what it has done is introduce the Aquatic Ape Theory to many people.
The theory is very relevant to 2012 – a previous global cataclysm could have left some groups of apes isolated in flooded areas. Those apes could have learned to live in an aquatic environment, eating fish (equals better brains) and developing some aquatic features that other apes don’t have, like hairlessness. And they could be our predecessors…
Sold Out Bunker
I’ve reported on Larry Hall’s Survival Condo previously. He has now officially sold out all of his expensive condos. I guess the race is now on to get them built by the end of the year.
Hall says that one of the condos in the silo is complete, and the rest will be ready …
For some time I have been convinced that some of the world’s largest pyramids were designed primarily to be bunkers. By starting with this premise, and asking questions about the Great Pyramid of Giza, I hope to demonstrate how (to me) it is a possibility:
Why is it so big?
I can think of many reasons:
Regardless of what you are defending against, bigger will always be more protective. They may not have known what they would be facing, only that it would be bad
If it has a double purpose of warning future generations, bigger will last longer
If the threat is radiation (or cosmic rays), then the thickness of the walls provide exponentially better protection
It is harder for others to find their way in, if they don’t know where the entrance is – bigger pyramids make entrance location more difficult
What is the purpose of the Subterranean Chamber?
The unfinished nature of this part of …
Once upon a time, when I ventured up to the Orkney Islands of Scotland (there are excellent standing stones and burial mounds there), I stayed overnight in a typical Stromness house, and they have walls four feet thick, due to the rough weather up there. That was impressive – a wall that should survive any hurricane.
(not a Stromness house, but is an ancient structure from the Orkneys)
Searching Google finds plenty of ancient constructions where walls are up to 5 metres thick – such as the Great Wall of China. The thickest walls of the Pentagon are three feet. Missile silos can have walls up to 14 feet thick.
But the thickest walls belong to structures that most don’t think of in terms of walls – the pyramids. Most people think of pyramids as giant, filled structures, typically with a few odd empty spaces inside. In reality a pyramid is a building …