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Rise Of The Survival Communities

Fast and Furious.

No, not the alleged Obama administation gun-running progam.

Rather, the number and frequency of articles concerning the rich buying “luxury bunkers” these days.

That being said, I spotted a piece over on The Atlantic website (slated for next month’s print edition) which I think might interest readers.

In “A Resort for the Apocaypse,” Ben Rowen wrote:

On July 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy spoke to the American people of a need “new to our shores” for emergency preparedness, including fallout shelters. The bunkers of that era- Brutalist, cement, with foldout beds and stockpiled food- were designed to protect families in the event that the Cold War turned hot.

It never did, but fears of cataclysm- nuclear and otherwise- are back. So are shelters, with a twist. Growing numbers of “preppers” hope to ride out various doomsday scenarios in luxury

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Rowen brought up Rising S Company, “one of several companies that specialize in high-end shelters,” and which I just blogged about here. But he also pointed out “a handful of bunker companies are building entire survival communities in remote locations.” From the article:

One project, Vivos XPoint, involves refurbishing 575 munitions-storage bunkers in South Dakota; Vivos Europa One, in Germany, is a Soviet armory turned luxury community with a subterranean swimming pool.

By contrast, Trident Lakes 4, a 700-acre, $330 million development in Ector, Texas, an hour and a half north of Dallas, is being built from scratch…

Seriously, what is it with Texas and bunkers?

Rowen went on to write a good deal about the Trident Lakes project, being billed as a “5-star playground, equipped with DEFCON 1 preparedness.”

He also noted the following about the deep-pocketed clients of luxury underground survival shelters and communities:

Jeff Schlegelmilch, the deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, told me that the luxury-bunker trend is “not just a couple of fringe groups; there is real money behind it- hundreds of millions of dollars.” But why are wealthy people buying?

Some customers appear to be motivated by old anxieties, recently revived- the threat of nuclear war, or a national-debt default that leads to unrest. Others have newer fears: climate change, pandemics, terrorism, far-left and far-right extremism. The presidential election has brought new faces into the fold, namely liberals (who also contributed to a record number of background checks- an indicator of gun purchases- on Black Friday)…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Interesting. But are any of the survival communities mentioned potentially within the budget of the not-so-well-heeled? Well, Vivos xPoint, which is being billed as “the largest survival community on earth,” advertises this on their project web page:

Priced At Just $25,00 Per Bunker
No Per Person Charge

The biggest feature is the extremely low and affordable price. Each bunker is being privately and exclusively provided under:

A Bunker Lease for 99-years, with a one-time, upfront payment of just $25,000 per bunker;

coupled with,

A Ground Lease for 99-years, with an ongoing payment of just $1,000 per year

Your bunker will be your blank canvas to prepare as much, or as little as you like, with no restrictions on how many people will share it with you when the moment of truth (aka SHTF) arrives. So, you may bring as many friends and family as you like to accommodate in your private bunker, at NO EXTRA CHARGE!

If you shelter 10 people in your bunker, the effective cost is just $2,500 each. With 20 people, the cost is just $1,250 per person. Do the math, there is no lower cost shelter solution, anywhere

Vivos xPoint Promo Video

Watching that marketing video, Vivos isn’t kidding about that “blank canvas” bit.

Regular readers of Survival And Prosperity might remember The Vivos Group from a June 2013 post about the planned construction of “the world’s largest private underground survival shelter”- Vivos Survival Shelter & Resort- in an existing below-ground complex in Atchison, Kansas. Alas, the project was cancelled as “numerous concerns arose related to the geological stability and safety of the cave structure that we believe may compromise its ability to withstand the anticipated forces of future catastrophic or earth changing events.”

From the looks of things, that setback hasn’t stopped Vivos from charging ahead with new projects.

You can read “A Resort for the Apocalypse” here on The Atlantic website.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (

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Survival Warehouse Ranch Survival Community

Speaking of Doomsday Preppers, while I haven’t watched “The Gates of Hell” yet, I saw something that caught my eye in last week’s episode “Don’t Betray the Colony” that I thought was worth sharing with readers.

From time to time, I would see “Suvival Warehouse” emblazoned on things around Jeff Mann’s ranch-turned-preper “colony” in central Florida. For example, the shipping containers in which the colony’ residents would reside had these words on them. So I decided to query “Survival Warehouse” on an Internet search engine, and it turns out Survival Warehouse is a vendor of “earthquake, disaster and emergency preparedness products. The company “specializes in Dehydrated Food, Emergency Supply Food, Military MRE & MRE Meals and Survival Kits as well as various Freeze Dried Food and Freeze Dried Survival Food,” and has been doing business since 1993.

But here’s something else I found. Along their website’s sidebar is a link to something called the “Survival Warehouse Ranch.” According to the Survival Warehouse site:

Survival Warehouse Ranch is a survival community of like minded individuals on a 22 acre secured Central Florida ranch. Are you interested in preparing for a US societal collapse, natural disaster, or other problem that will make law and order a thing of the past? It can be overwhelming when you look at the cost and complexity of planning? So, you have been prepping at home? Large gangs of thugs will be going door to door collecting everything you have put together if your not in a secured community of other preppers. Are you a prepper looking for a group of like-minded individuals to bug out with? Do you want access to a fully secured and stocked retreat location but don’t have one of your own? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we may have a spot for you at the Survival Warehouse Ranch. We offer space and membership in our community for $150,000.

Let us do the planning for you and when the time comes, you’ll have a comfortable, well-prepared beautiful community to retreat to. Our 22-acre Central Florida prepare community is secure, and fully sustainable. We are assembling a community of like-minded individuals who wish to take advantage of thestrength in numbers principle to assure safety and long-term self-sufficiency in the event of a societal collapse. We are using 40′ high top containers as a secure base for this community. Each family has their own locked and secure container. The containers can be finished like a custom home or any way you prefer. We have eleven (11) containers on site now. We will consider the community filled at 40 containers. The ranch has two 4″ well going direct into spring water some 350′ down. Several modern large secure barns. On site caretakers and employees on the ranch 7-days a week. It is a beautiful safe haven in Central Florida filled with deer, emu, chickens, and more.

We believe that groups of well-prepared, well-informed survivalists will stand the best chance of long term survival in the event of a major societal collapse. When the SHTF you’ll want to be surrounded by like-minded individuals with a diverse range of skills and abilities – people to care for livestock, tend to the ill, protect and defend the area, growing the fresh foods, etc. Our growing community of survivalist and preparedness specialists (including doctors, police, former military, pilots, animal husbandry professionals, food preservation specialists, etc.) will ensure the health, well-being, and safety of our community members, resources, and assets.

In addition to our the highly trained community members and spacious, secure location we also offer a literal warehouse worth of survival supplies to guarantee long term self sufficient living for at least 50 people. We have 4 years worth of freeze-dried food in addition to reproducing livestock (including cattle, goats, chickens, fallow deer, and emu), an several heirloom seed kits to ensure fresh and adequate food for everyone. Our ranch features two 4″ deep wells, a rainwater collection system, as well as access to a lake and ponds in addition to 1,000 gallons of stored fresh water. We have all the necessary fresh and saltwater filtration systems to purify an unlimited amount of water.

For the safety and security of community members we are heavily armed and have more than 800,000 rounds of ammo. Our unique community includes trained tactical and weapons specialists as well as patrol dogs. We are equipped with radiation detection devices, night vision equipment, security systems, back-up generators and stored fuel, medical supplies, Segway’s, and communication radios for your protection and comfort. In addition, our small town has a standing emergency group of around 30 members. This group is almost all X-Law Enforcement, and X-Military and work directly with us. Your family will be safe & happy here. All Members of our community also buy survival foods and survival supplies at very big discounts. This alone will re-cover a lot of your membership cost.

A societal collapse, natural disaster, or one of many other disasters is a very real possibility and being prepared is essential but preparations don’t have to be scary and overwhelming. By securing your spot in our Survival Warehouse Ranch Community you’re assuring your families safety and well-being without all the stress and insecurity of planning and going it alone. Why not sit back, relax, and enjoy your pre-collapse life and let us do all the planning for you? Give Jeff Mann a call at 407-349-2525 today!

For those who can pony up the $150K, don’t want to be bothered with the hassle of preparing for a TEOTWAWKI scenario, and don’t relish the idea of living below-ground for an extended period of time- this setup might be worth exploring.

You can find out more about the Survival Warehouse Ranch on the Survival Warehouse website here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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