When one thinks bomb shelter and end-of-the-world disasters, luxury isn’t the first word to spring to mind. Vivos Indiana, however, changes that.
Robert Vicino founded the survival prep company, Vivos Group, in 2009 after being convinced that just thinking of survival wasn’t enough. Nay, Vivos Group is convinced that if you want to survive bad enough, you can even improve your quality of life while you’re at it.
In the Vivos Indiana structure, located somewhere outside of or around Terra Haute, Vicino’s company has created an entire underground, bomb-proof five-star resort.
Vivos Indiana boasts proudly that it’s a single day drive from anywhere in the Midwest and on the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Which is really spectacular, because everyone knows that being in a car for over 24 hours is just plain miserable, regardless of the condition of the world outside.
Because the underground bunker is only designed for those who apply and can pay the price, the location is undisclosed. That hefty price? $20,000 to $50,000 per person on the roster if the world were to end, say, tomorrow (or ten years from now).
The 10,000-square-foot space was originally a Cold War-era bomb shelter that’s able to withstand a 20 megaton blast, within a few miles of it at that, and can accommodate up to 80 people for a minimum of one full year.
Ready for the stats on this massive, fully-stocked bunker? It redefines the concept of luxury, which I suppose is required to maintain some semblance of humanity if you and 79 strangers were stuck together for a single year, scraping out the last dredges of civilization while eating fresh fruits and vegetables from the hydroponic garden inside.
It houses multiple deluxe bathrooms, a professional-grade kitchen, three living areas, a repair shop, a gun safe, and a patient-care center. It even houses a detention area if one of the guests decides to go all ‘Lord of the Flies’ on the rest of the crew.
It’s designed for one entire year of autonomous survival and is complete with food and medicinal supply. The beds are covered in 600-thread-count sheets, and the living area ceilings clock in at 12 feet high.
The closets house comfortable clothing and footwear of all sizes because bless your heart if you can’t go through the apocalypse without your Cabela’s moccasin slippers, which everyone knows are the best kind.
There’s even a movie theater for watching all of the movies you’ve already seen, since no new movies or shows will be produced in the apocalypse.
The facility itself runs on its own self-sustained power source through dual 1,000-kilowatt generators housed in their own soundproof room. These generators run on the 30,000-gallon tank of diesel fuel also in the bunker, which is enough supply for over a year.
Vivos Indiana is marketed as an investment life insurance policy for concerned citizens, and Vicino believes that price is no barrier for the cautious individual that wants to preserve their way of life.
Just ask our European counterparts, who have the chance to dish out $3 million to $5 million for a privately-designed and customized space in Vivos’ Europa One complex, located somewhere in Germany.
Now, I don’t know about you, but while I’m in awe of this luxury, I might be traditional. I’ll stick with my handy locked safe under the bed, my bug-out backpack, and a solid map for now, lest I sell my first-born child to pay up for entry into a facility like this.
Do you have survival or bug-out plans for the apocalypse, regardless of what form it takes?