The secret “underground” building market for what are now being called doomsday shelters is on the rise in our country. Self-proclaimed Doomsday Preppers are spending thousands to millions of dollars on their innovative shelters. They envision a scenario, in which it is no longer safe to participate in society at large. They choose to live in an underground bunker, a converted missile silo or an above-ground fortress until the doomsday disaster passes. What disasters are they preparing for you ask? It varies for each individual prepper, but they can include financial apocalypse, pandemics, oil crisis, mega-storms, solar-flare-induced power failures & nuclear disasters. The hit show Doomsday Preppers on the National Geographic Channel has brought this secret society to the forefront and we are going to discuss some of the prepper’s building plans.
What Doomsday Shelter Fits Your Needs Best?
There are many different types of shelters that you can have built in an array of different price ranges that fit your survival needs. We are going to start from the top luxury comforts of shelters down to the most economical that exist today.
Luxury Survival Condo Complex – If your pocketbook can afford it this, it is the ultimate luxury residence for any prepper. Located in Kansas, and called the Survival Condo, your living space would contain approximately 1,800 square feet of living space for 10 people for a full floor layout and 900 square feet of living space for 5 people for a half floor layout. You luxuries would include, but are not limited to, full kitchens with stainless steel appliances, LED lighting throughout, Kohler fixtures, 50 inch LED TV’s, biometric key access (finger print reader), comes with a five-year food reserve for each person and is fully furnished and professionally decorated. Doesn’t sound like enough? We were just getting started. To up the ante of amenities, you will also be able to enjoy 9,000 square feet in their monolithic dome, access to a redundant electric and water supply with a minimum of 25,000 gallon reserve tanks, air filtration systems that provide protection from Nuclear, Biological & Chemical weapons, A general store & organic hydroponic gardens, indoor pool, spa & workout facility, movie theater, bar & lounge, library & classroom, medical center, communication center with internet access and a digital weather station. At a price tag of 2 million dollars per condo all of this could be at your fingertips. Check out their website at www.survivalcondo.com for more information on this.
Ready Made Family Structures – These types of shelters will run you approximately $50,000-$100,000. They include reinforced steel and are insulated and have air-filtration systems. These types of shelters typically will hold at least a 2 year food supply for a family of five. You can combine these types of steel structures to hold larger amounts of people usually up to 20. You can have these built custom made or bare bones and you can also have them completely stocked with supplies if you want to leave it up to the experts. These products are engineered to withstand catastrophic storms, nuclear, biological & chemical disasters.
DIY Shelters – Many preppers on a budget of $50,000 or less choose the option of DIY when it comes to their survival. The most common types of shelter material are thick walls of poured concrete, old semis or large shipping containers. If you are serious about becoming a prepper you might want to rethink DIY shelters because you can end up sinking a lot more than you planned if you would have just went with the professionals to do it. There are also a lot of preppers that are having their shelters built in the ground before their house is done so they have their living space under their current residence. This way you could have a tunnel going down to your shelter and quick access to safety would outweigh these other options unless you were currently living in them already. We would recommend contracting your local construction company as how to accomplish the shelter the fits your needs most. Having a general contractor on your job will not only save you money, but it could end up saving your life!
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