Emergency Preparedness

These Luxury Underground Bunkers Await the Rich and Famous When Global Disaster Strikes

What’s in your wallet? Odds are good whatever it is can’t afford a spot in one of these posh post-apocalyptic hideouts.  They’re only available to those who have dropped  thousands of dollars to book a reservation. You’ll be slugging it out with the rest of us topside, punching your neighbor’s teeth out to get your hands on a 4-pack of batteries at the looted out Rite Aid down the street.

If you could afford the reservation fee ($50,000 for yourself, another $50,000 for your spouse, and $25,000 for the kid) you’d be safe and secure in the deluxe underground bunkers created by Vivos Group. Better empty the life savings now; spots are filling up fast.

Recently profiled on Vice, Travel Channel, and CNN, and Forbes this multi-million dollar project is gaining attention, and investors.

They call themselves “the ultimate all-risk protection and life assurance solution for high net worth families”.

What’s inside? They’re fully outfitted with generators, storage areas, and private lounges, ensuring that anyone willing to pay up has one year of savory beef roasts in the oven and pillow-top mattresses while the rest of the world watches the brittle bones of their loved ones fall to ashes.

Don’t worry, well-strapped Europeans can still scamper underground should catastrophe strike. Vivos Europa One offers sumptuous safety for only 34 well to do families.

Think you’ll save your cash and hunt down the hidden Hiltons after catastrophe instead? Good luck.

The locations of these high-society digs are top secret, all the better to keep the roving mobs of the poor and destitute from finding the comfortable caches. The rich rest easy though; upon completion the bunkers will be less than 100 miles from many of America’s largest cities, meaning wealthy urbanites will only need to survive the drive.

Vivos Group claims it will be peace, love, and harmony for weeks on end after the reinforced hatch is pulled closed for the final time, finally closing the wealthy off from the ragged, bothersome proletariat masses.

Robert Vicino, founder of Vivos Group, claims that experienced law enforcement and military professionals are among those who’ve reserved the sacred spots. These tough guys will presumably keep their protective prowess, fending off the blithering nutcases banging on the door to threaten the dainty movie stars cuddled within.

Vicino brushes away any concerns of social and emotional breakdown in the ritzy hideaways by only selecting applicants that can fill the required roles in a polite society. Detention cells and tribunals will help to keep the peace, assuming the privileged guests are willing to ignore years of opulence and allow a judge from Queens to admonish them for taking one too many Sprites from the mini bar.

The Vivos website claims that “The collective abilities and skills of like-minded members helps assure the long-term survival and well-being in a post-apocalyptic world.” Looking past the severe lack of data collected from post-apocalyptic worlds required to reinforce such a claim, a million-dollar high stakes selection process wreaks of science fiction camp to the highest degree. 

Seemingly ripped directly from the pages of the prophetic novel World War Z, in which high-end Hollywood elites and fat cat CEO types find the familiar power structure quickly reversed in the wake of a zombie apocalypse, Vivos stands to make piles of cash without providing any facts, figures, or reliable data to support their validity.

If we keep considering popular culture as a reference point, the only people who spend millions of dollars to carve out spacious caves filled with control panels, aquariums, and lounge chairs are the supervillians James Bond tussles with in his spy adventures.

Is it money well spent? If what you’ve been reading sounds the least bit enticing, then probably so. To quote the Vivos website again, “…a small backyard shelter would be a lonely existence, virtually impossible to defend and survive in”. If you’d rather rub elbows with 20 or so fellow elites in an underground Bond villain’s apartment rather than in a shelter created and outfitted by your own hand, than the expenditure is worth it.

Photo Credit: Vivos Group

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When he's not writing post-apocalyptic fiction or survival guides, Steve's snowshoeing on the Pacific Crest Trail or training for his next off-road triathlon.

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