To reach the world's first everything-proof underground luxury community, I drive east out of Barstow, California, 50 or so miles into the Mojave Desert, then turn down an unmarked gravel road, park in a barren lot surrounded by razor wire, enter what appears to be a small cinderblock garage, and walk down two steep flights of reinforced-concrete stairs, at which point the project's enthusiastic promoter, Robert Vicino, greets me with an outstretched hand, slams a 3,000-pound blast door behind us, and asks this question: "Do you have a family?"
Then: Do I have life insurance? Would I like to have 10 times the life insurance I already have? Would I like to have something even better? Because I can. The structure in which we are now standing was built by AT&T in 1965 to protect telephone infrastructure from a nuclear attack, but now it can protect something far more important: me and my loved ones. For just $50,000 each—half off for kids—I can buy a fractional share of the Terra Vivos underground shelter network, a project that will include at least 19 more "community bunkers," each of them located within 150 to 200 miles of a major American city. Terra Vivos is a concrete-and-steel solution to the end times, whether brought about by climate change or nuclear war or even an unavoidable realignment of the cosmic order. Wherever I happen to be at that terrible moment, I'll have a place to live the morning after. "I'm not selling life insurance," Vicino explains. "I'm providing life assurance."
The physical specifications required to assure life are striking. The Barstow bunker was built to withstand a 50-megaton nuclear blast 10 miles away, 450mph winds, a magnitude-10 earthquake, 10 days of 1,250°F surface fires, and three weeks beneath any flood. Vicino says that a soon-to-be-installed air-filtration system will also neutralize any biological, chemical or nuclear attacks. The Barstow branch will stock enough food and clothing to sustain 135 people for at least a year, and in a lifestyle that Vicino describes as compact but luxurious, like being on a cruise ship. Getting on board requires a $5,000 deposit, he says, to be held in escrow until the bunker is ready to move into, at which point the remainder is due. As of August, several hundred people had put their money down for a spot in one of his bunkers, he says; 75 for Barstow thus far.
The idea to build and sell post-apocalyptic bunkers weighed on Vicino for many years before he acted. In 1980 he saw a replica of the Mayan calendar, the ancient stone carving that predicts that the world will end on December 21, 2012. Vicino recalls the moment clearly. "It just gave me this gut-wrenching feeling that I needed to convert a mine to a shelter for 1,000 people with everything you'd need to survive for a long period of time." The decades passed, however, and it wasn't until this year, the end times fast approaching, that Vicino purchased the Barstow bunker for an undisclosed amount. He has six more under contract: one in North Carolina, one in Pennsylvania, two in New York, and two in "the Midwest." (Vicino won't give precise locations, citing the need to stay hidden from intruders.)
Now, as 2012 approaches, Vicino says he is actually more worried about 2013, when solar activity is expected to increase significantly. He says an extreme solar storm could fire a catastrophic electromagnetic pulse at Earth, crash the power grid, and thereby trigger anarchy. Even if the world escapes that fate, it could still face an asteroid, or a plague, or a war. Anything could happen. "2012 is just the impetus to bring the project forward because there's a great deal of concern now, but these bunkers could be of use anytime in the next 200 years," Vicino says. "We're building for whenever."
Oddly reminiscent of Vault-Tec from the Fallout video game franchise...
great! Hopefully this guy will buy all the canned goods i had bought for y2k... those things are really taking up space in my basement.
This guy has a great future at Fox News.
He reminds me of the dumb saps who tried to sell me memberships at a Gym that doesn't exist.
Hmm, in Cali huh? Wonder if when the reallllly big quake hits and/or the Yellowstone super volcano finally blows (where Cali could possibly get engulfed by the ocean) all the while thousand degree liquid lava that can melt steel like butter flows down into the bunker and makes short work of your blast doors and/or the insanely large giant meteor the size of Africa hits square in the Mojave Desert with the force of 100 billion hydrogen bombs-- is it truly is quote "everything proof?"
Furthermore, you actually have to be IN the bunker AT the time of incident! Otherwise you'll never make it anyhow (and by then the blast doors will be closed on anyhow so you'll suffer the fallout anyhow)
I find that to be false advertising!
Do I get my 50% discount now? ;)
Great Googly-moogly - it *IS* Vault 101 !!!
I gotta nickle says this guy even uses a homemade set of criteria to decide who gets in - and I bet he calls it the G.O.A.T. test...
If this guy names himself the Overseer - RUN
What will they do when it's time to come out? How prepared can one truly be towards "rebuilding the world", all by themselves?
Also, just thought of something as i was talking to someone. what good does it do to have the dna of all these species frozen? Unless you have some machine that can build animals simply by scanning a strand of dna which i'm pretty sure we dont have or i'd be riding to work in a chariot pulled by twin wooly mammoths. And good point pioneer10. What good does it do to live a year underground if as soon as you come out there is nohting? Most people dont have the survival skills to make it camping for the weekend anymore much less being able to survive when everything has been destroyed.
Oh i've got it, he'll stock the place with old macgyver episodes and a couple series of man vs wild. that should do it
@ above post. Adaptation or evolution and survival of the fittest. What would take to make an object in 2 days today can take 40+years post apocalypse.. but that does not mean it's impossible.
His customers better not see this YouTube video. Especially at time 0:23.
WARNING: I *wouldn't* raise the volume on your speakers if I were you:
(ajohnson1986 -just thought of something as i was talking to someone. what good does it do to have the dna of all these species frozen? Unless you have some machine that can build animals simply by scanning a strand of dna.)
this is true however it's been well proven that you do not need an entire barnyard to bring back different animals, for instance it is possible to implant a horse embryo in a cow to have a normal horse born, as long as it is in the same genus (I think) and of near or larger size you can have a cow give birth to horses deer goats ect ect.
now he did say DNA samples not frozen embryos either he is mistaken or the only way it would be of use is if he had someone who could use the DNA to do cloning, but you still need at least some animals to implant the clones otherwise the only alternative is to convince some of the female survivors to volunteer to carry animal embryos to term ;)
"Come on sweety, just think of the fresh milk if you give birth to a cow" ;)
Gives new meaning to the term "don't have a cow dude"
Although interesting.. I agree that there are far more disastrous scenarios that his shelter will in no way provide protection for.
Hell..some of the scenarios could only delay the inevitable
(ie, complex under tons of water; solar radiation blasts, etc).
My real question is in regards to the payment plan.
He claims only $5000 down and the rest upon "entering" the complex during a disaster.
What good will all that money be after a disaster of that magnitude?
"Oddly reminiscent of Vault-Tec from the Fallout video game franchise..."
That was exactly the first thing that came to my mind, as well. lol
( CDales1994-He claims only $5000 down and the rest upon "entering" the complex during a disaster.
What good will all that money be after a disaster of that magnitude? )
actually the article says $5000 down and the rest when it is ready to be moved into, so you have to pay the full amount when all construction and stocking is complete.
not when the disaster happens.
so any one else recognize this from the resident evil movie?
As long as I can get Galaxy News Radio I'm in.
We all laugh now but if something ever did happen we would all be considering selling anything we have to get one of those spots that would all be filled up. Thank you Clifford Cannon you gave me the best laugh I've had in a while (regarding the cow joke). I played Fallout3 to death and one thing that comes to mind is the vault is not so much to protect you from the disaster immediate but the real fallout is always the people left aftterwards scavenging for resources that is your greatest threat. I for one say why wait, let's move in now. I hear crickets and mealworms are perfect protein supplements and could be grown underground easily.
woooowww....okk first of all look at all the room that people can fit in. I mean seriously do we really need towel racks n such? we dont have to live in "luxury" to survive, all the greedy ppl just trying to make money and secondly $50,000 to save a life, thats wrong, if the world does end would the dollar even have monetary value? what if a new currency is implemeneted. All the profit made from this wouldnt really have any value once the end comes. so idk, people should stop thinking financially and maybe just try and save a life...just saying...
You have two groups of people here.
One group thinks there might be a disaster, and thinks spending $50.000 now might give them a chance to survive it so it is worth it to them to buy a place in the shelter.
but then you have the group that is building the shelters, they are a company and they get their money as soon as it is finished being built and stocked, yes the entire $50.000 is paid right away in full when the construction is finished.
So they get to use the money now, right now, not after a disaster but right now, they get to live in big houses and drive fast cars right now.
But guess what, I would bet you just about anything they have a place reserved in a shelter for themselves.
And until a disaster actually happens the more shelters they build the more people will buy a place in them the more money they will have to enjoy before any disaster happens and the more survivors there might be.
so, I may not be able to afford one of these shelters, and I also believe any disasters will be man made or so sudden I drought I could get to a shelter anyhow, but do keep building them, if it actually saves humanity then I hope they build thousands of them.
Ok, so it's the end of the world for the next year, give or take. Am I going to check my scissors and tape drawer for my $50,000 receipt to Vicino's Subterraland or am I going to grab my 12 gauge, some beef jerky and water, use my $0.23 compass to draw a 50 mile radius around Barstow on Google Maps (probably this place: 34.829287,-116.336305) and "ask" them to open the door when I get there? We'll see.
==The idea to build and sell post-apocalyptic bunkers weighed on Vicino for many years before he acted. In 1980 he saw a replica of the Mayan calendar, the ancient stone carving that predicts that the world will end on December 21, 2012. Vicino recalls the moment clearly. “It just gave me this gut-wrenching feeling that I needed to convert a mine to a shelter for 1,000 people with everything you’d need to survive for a long period of time.”==
Vincino guy, I like your building the shelters but 2012?
did you know there are decendants of the Mayans alive today?
the Mayan calander is not predicting the end of all things it just ends in 2012.
the calander on my wall at home ends December the 31st. do I think the world will end on December the 31st? no, before that date I will go buy a new one.
as for the decendants of the Mayans? they say the calander ends 2012. that it, it just ends, no disaster no end of all times just it ends, so take a deep breath, relax, and go buy a new calader dude.
there may be a disaster, but the mayan calander is not predicting anything.
I don't think your 12 guage shotgun is going to do a lot of damage to a door designed to survive a nuke blast ten miles away.
for that mater you can bring your 12 guage, if they have any brains at all they will have M16s or kalisnikovs or any number of weapons that would make short work of a shotgun.
and a servailance system that would see you coming miles away.
Clifford Cannon's gotcha there.
Thank you! People gotta stop buying into this crap. The Mayan calendar has cycled for 3600 years. This cycle ends December 21, 2012 on this run around. Besides, Ancient Mayans could not travel through air and space, or predict the weather. How in the hell are they going to predict the future?!
I survived Y2K, 6/6/6, 9/9/9, and H1N1. I'M COMING FOR YA 2012!!!
"Welcome! to the Federation Starship SS Buttcrack!!!"
can we weld the doors shut from the outside once everyone is in?
@Clifford & Pheonix, You must have gotten tired before finishing the article, "The wiring is shot, the toilets don’t flush, and the 750-kilowatt diesel generator is so environmentally unsound that California law forbids him to run it." By the time the big one hits, he might just have the tiles up in the steam rooms. Hardly worried about the door since the hinges will likely be rusted off...on second thought...you might want to avoid this place at all costs.
Personally I care about how I live, not just if I'm living.
The biggest problem with all of these stupid ideas is even if they are right (not likely), unless you just love the idea going up in the mountains and living until you die (and you can do it), what would you have? You won't be rebuilding society at least not as you now know it (think more like third world country society at best). Our modern society is so interrelated and takes large numbers of people all doing their jobs, and resources (can anyone say nuclear contamination or no sunlight for years because of a super volcano?)
I have a feeling that the majority of the money being made off of this is going into the "Celebratory Cocaine and Prostitute" fund for this guy. The people buying into this are getting taken for a massive ride and, in the event that a world-changing catastrophe takes place and these people can actually GET to this place while that's happening, they are more likely to find a sign reading something close to "Haha I have all your monies" then something that could save them from an apocalyptic event.
I would avoid this place, different ppl trapped in a small area is never a good place to be.
you got a good point there reality check :) would I trust my life to a strangers construction if he is not going to be in the same shelter? no way!
take my $50.000 and build my own shelter ;)
so, just becouse you would have to do without all the luxuries of modern socioty you would just give up and die?
you know it would be hard, but if it is possable at all then the survivers would be no worse off then our ancesters who had no TVs and computers and dominos deliveries, and no modern medicine so yes, you would work hard to survive and die young but your children would live and have thier children and grand children.
so do you just give up? or take the hard road and try to make a better life for your children and a future for all mankind.
but then again if you do plan and you can prepair then you can have a tractor in storage and you can have other farm equipment and you can make your own fuil from corn alcohol or any number of other fermentation processes, and yes the tractor would break down but a machine shop could keep it going for ages longer then we tend to keep them and rebuilding them would teach your children how to repair and build thier own in the machine shop.
as for raw materials to work with? well the steel from an empty building could make good tools and parts and with all the junk we have today scavenging could last for a long time giving the decendants time to build for a new future.
so really, if your smart and do it right you don't have to live like the worst of the third world or even like the peaple of a couple thousand years ago, you could live very well like the pensylvania dutch.
hard yes, but you better bet I would do everything I could if I was in a position to do it.
Wow, page 5 is very descriptive.