Lots of people are obsessed with the idea of a post-apocalyptic world, and playing to their fears and fantasies is Vivos – a company that creates luxurious Doomsday bunkers. Created by California entrepreneur Robert Vicino, the bunkers at are exclusively meant for those who can afford them, and deemed worthy of Vicino himself.
The company claims to own a network of underground shelters, but the exact locations are a carefully guarded secret. “Vivos is the only co-ownership community shelter network on the planet,” reads the marketing material, which assumes that the time for evacuation is fast approaching. “Limited space is still available for those that qualify. Members are now boarding. Don’t be left on the other side of the door.”
Vivos Indiana, described as a shelter “strategically located in midwestern America” is supposedly “one of the most fortified, nuclear hardened shelters” within the network. It’s location is cryptically revealed to be within a one-day drive from anywhere in the Midwest and Eastern seaboard of America. The underground complex can accommodate up to 80 people for a minimum of one year of fully autonomous survival.
It is said to resemble a very tasteful, comfortable four-star hotel, complete with food supplies, toiletries, linens, medical supplies, a year’s supply of fuel, a deep water well, geothermal heating and cooling, bedroom suites, bathrooms, theatre, dining and lounge areas, exercise equipment and even kennels for pets. There’s a garden area to grow fresh vegetables, plenty of storage space, a good collection of security devices, and pretty much everything else anyone would need to survive a natural, nuclear or even zombie disaster. Residents only need to bring themselves, their personal clothing, and any necessary medication.
According to the company, Vivos Indiana is 100 percent calamity-proof. It is “far from any known nuclear targets,” and “strategically located a safe distance away from the New Madrid fault line, the Mississippi River, and all oceans that might cause submersion as a result of a tsunami-type event.” They add that the site is “surrounded by excellent farming, fishing, hunting, and water resources.”
Naturally, accommodation in this sort of facility doesn’t come cheap. The company’s website reveals a one-time charge of $35,000 for adults and $25,000 for children for all the remaining Indiana Spaces. And they will accept monthly payments from “qualified parties”. But these prices are quite affordable to billionaires, who could probably shell out a lot more on such a service. And it is for them that the company has developed ‘Vivos Europa One’ in Germany, their second major ultra-luxury bunker.
This one boasts of even better facilities – 2,500-square-foot custom blast-proof apartments, swimming pools, theaters, gyms, prayer rooms, restaurants, a wine cellar, classrooms, a helicopter service, and DNA preservation. Described as the “Elite Shelter for the Privileged Few,” and the “only private human DNA vault on Earth,” the facility offers patrons the opportunity to save their DNA in the United States and Europe. “Whether stored for years, decades, or more than a century, the Vivos Global Genome Vault pool will be a perpetual depository, preserving life on Earth as we know it.” Again, residents will only be accepted based on their ‘skills’ and ‘talents’.
Writer Lynn Parramore, who visited Vivos Indiana (she was taken there blindfolded), describes the place as the “Ritz Carlton of doomsday shelters, a hideout where residents can wait out a nuclear winter or a zombie apocalypse in luxury and style while the rest of humanity melts and disintegrates.” Vicino revealed to her the clients include a top surgeon, a colonel in the US military, and a movie star. Most of them tend to be “conservative types who don’t trust the government to deal with a disaster.”
It appears that Vicino himself shares similar views. And he’s got a number of ideas on how humankind will meet its end – “financial breakdown, flesh-melting pandemics, magnetic pole shifts, cyber warfare, Biblical tsunamis,” and the possibility that “alien reptilians are impersonating the British Royal Family.” He seems clear about one thing: “When the end comes, you will not be ready for it.”
Vivos Europa One, located beneath a huge forest
In case of an actual doomsday event, accepted members of the exclusive Vivos club will arrive at one of the bunkers at their own discretion – prior to lockdown – landing their private planes at one of the conveniently nearby airports. From there, they will be picked up by Vivos helicopters and safely flown to the bunker, where they will access their private quarters. Apart from the base amount for their respective living quarter’s area, each family will have to pay their fair share of the costs for operational management, staffing, taxes, insurance, maintenance, utilities, and restocking as needed.