Hundreds of families, reports indicate, are already prepping for the worst by purchasing their own stakes in a vast underground military bunker-turned-survival shelter known as Vivos xPoint, located in Edgemont, South Dakota, near Wyoming's eastern border.
Though the former military space is currently outfitted with only 575 bunkers, which its owners are referring to as "phase one," it will eventually be expanded to accommodate upwards of 10,000 people by the time it's fully completed.
And we're not talking basic accommodations here. A $25,000 bunker within the cavernous space is described as luxurious, with pictures showing hardwood-like flooring, modern Edison bulb lighting, stainless steel appliances, and an array of fine furnishings.
The complex itself also has an impressive list of amenities, including a store, restaurant, bar, theater, hot tub spa, gym, medical clinic, and chapel, as well as barbecue areas, gardens, classrooms, shooting ranges, and even horse stables.
The compound will also feature 24-7 onsite security with military trained guards, a number of "members only" access gates, security cameras, and high-security military fencing all around the property, which once was home the United States Army's Fort Igloo.
"Our buyers are aware – not paranoid – they're highly intelligent, well educated, they read a lot," says Robert K. Vicino, founder and CEO of Vivos, the company that owns the revolutionary bunker compound.
"The whole world is concerned. Everybody is having gut level feelings and they're all feeling something is about to happen."
The whole thing is quite impressive, considering it's roughly the size of Manhattan – though without all of the tall buildings, and all completely underground.
From the surface, Vivos looks like little more than a giant field dotted with tiny igloo-like concrete domes that serve as entry points into various areas of the compound. And it's exactly how those who've already invested in the property want it to be, in preparation for what they see as impending global doom.
"Some are concerned about North Korea, others are concerned about an economic collapse, others are concerned about World War III," adds Vicino about why folks are flocking to his survivalist compound.
"There's threats from the sun, a mass ejection, threats of asteroids hitting the earth... There's near misses every week now."
And just in case you're thinking it's just a bunch of tiny homes underground – a nightmarish situation for claustrophobics – think again. Each bunker is roughly 2,200 square feet in space, which is larger than many above-ground homes in the United States.
To Vicino, it's simply a no-brainer to invest in one of these, especially considering their relatively meager price tag.
"To not have this or a back up plan for mankind, an insurance policy is crazy," he says, noting that it's probably the best investment a person can make for the long-term survival of his family.
"The cost that we're able to do this is nothing," he admits, which is a much different scenario than the "only for the wealthy" underground bunkers that are reportedly sprouting up across Kansas and elsewhere.
"It's crazy not to [buy one] – it's nothing more than life assurance... This place is huge, the bunker we're in is bigger than most houses... It's going to be the largest survival community on the planet."
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