As big as the Empire State Building—with more than two million square feet of space—the Vivos Survival Shelter & Resort project is underway. Carved out of a limestone mountain in Atchison, Kan., the company responsible for this effort calls the facility "a modern-day ark" and "a virtual fortress." It will give shelter to about 5,000 people for one year without the need to return to the surface.
The space is 130 feet below a mountain and used to be storage for the government. Now, just as you would store your valuables with Uncle Bob's, this underground shelter network is open to 5,000 people who are willing to buy themselves a spot in safety for the end times. Vivos will also store museum treasures, data archives and the DNA of thousands in the event of any disaster, natural or manmade.
The internal structure will be supported by hundreds of enormous limestone pillars that are six times the strength of concrete and protected by blast-proof doors. It reportedly can withstand a one-megaton nuclear blast.
Not Just a Shelter... It's a Resort
The air is purified, protecting inhabitants from nuclear radiation, biological pathogens and chemical agents. It's climate-controlled, with a constant level in the low 70s, and there's year-round access for members. Before the Vivos Survival Shelter & Resort is needed for real, it's slated to be a member vacation destination, offering underground (and above-ground) amenities with a preparedness twist. Some of the activities will include:
- Underground golf
- Weapons training
- Ropes course
- Martial arts
- Team sports
- Boating and rafter (outdoors)
- Survival classes
The shelter has a kitchen, bakery, dining and lounge areas, a bar, dance floor, theater, wine cellar, medical and dental clinic, nursery, meditation areas, private showers, laundry facilities, hair salon, library, classrooms, meeting rooms, food and supply warehouses, communications center, security offices, a vault, artifact storage, cryovault, media center and helipad.
How Is It Different?
Members will drive their RVs in the facility to their own parking space. This will be their own private living quarters. There is space inside for 1,200 RVs. There is a hyroponics garden, aquaponics farm and live farm animal area. It has a dog and cat park, as well, for those of you concerned about your pets.
What's the Damage?
Initial reports say customers will pay $1,000/ft for their RV space and a one-time fee of $1,500 per person for food and toiletries for the year. So, a 25-foot long RV with a family of four would cost $31,000.
When, When, When?
This isn't the first shelter Vivos has built in America, but it's the most accessible to people with modest incomes. The others have suite-style accommodations and are closer to $150,000.
We can expect to see the $25 million dollar renovation begin in August, with the first phase of construction set to be completed by November.
The Town of Atchison
About 50 miles northwest of Kansas City, Mo., lies this quirky... museum? Attraction? Life preserver? Regardless, the press is a plus for the town of Atchison, which is known as Amelia Earhart's birthplace and is said to be one of the most haunted towns in Kansas.
If it's the end of the world as we know it, why not live it out in style?
Raj graduated cum laude from an Ivy League school. He works as a freelance engineer and consultant for many Fortune 500 companies.