The doomsday bunker market thrives in the midst of the Corona-Virus-pandemic

Tom and Mary live on a xPoint, an abandoned military facility-turned-survivalist community at the base of the Black Hills in fall River County. Miles of plains stretching out in all directions, connected by 100 miles of private road. Along the skyline, steel doors, hidden in the grassy hills to show the openings of the Bunker. It looks like a deserted ranch, which is more or less what it was until a real-estate mogul bought it for the price of $1.

The idea for the Living, a global community of Apocalypse-Bunker, came from managing Director Robert Near, almost four decades ago, in a moment of inspiration, which featured a crystal clear female voice in his head. He said, Robert, you need to build underground bunkers for the survival of the people some of us to come. He put it on, up to 2008 (the year Obama was elected), when the time was finally begin construction.

Living has to survive Campus in South Dakota, where Tom and Mary live and Indiana. These are for the downmarket Bunker, which cost about $35,000 each. Living in Europe, in contrast, is marketed as “the ultimate life-assurance solution for high-net-worth families.” Apartments there cost upwards of $2 million.

While the Living was profiled as a luxury bunker complex, Near, most of its customers are middle class. He describes them to be “well-educated, average people with a keen awareness of current global events, and a sense of responsibility, you must care for and protect their families during this potential epic and disastrous times.” Based on the people I spoke to for this story, it seems, they are also polite, white, and Trump support.

How COVID-19 of the real estate market brings to a halt, the demand for doomsday bunkers is on an all-time high (or low as the structures are underground). The shelters, the significant of fringe prepper communities were once worried about the coming Apocalypse. During the pandemic, you vacation homes have. “People thought we were crazy, because they never believed that something like this could happen,” says Vicino. “Now you are to see. Everyone is a believer.”

bunkers give people a feeling of control, the feeling that you can take care of themselves. Their newfound popularity reflects a General tendency in the direction of disaster preparednto appear to the ess, where the behaviour used to be paranoid, such as storage, to eat, to look normal (if not advisable), in the light of the ongoing pandemic.

But the trend also has a downside: the feeling that people need to protect themselves against the other. “The have-nots go after the haves,” Near me says. “They will knock on your door. And to not give up if you get enough it’s getting ugly.”

A graphics card with the size and layout of the xPoint.

Near not specify who are the “have-nots”, but his language reflects a specific type of pandemic-induced tribalism, which is typical in parts of white America. Since March, the Stop-AAPI Hate, an organization that tracks the cases of discrimination, has nearly 1,500 reports of verbal harassment and physical assaults from the Asian-American community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that COVID-19 on racial minorities harder than white communities. African-Americans, in particular, be hospitalized and die at disproportionately high rates. But, prepper communities-and-white tend to be most of the time.

Living, for its part, says it members from “all walks of life”, and emphasize a number of religious backgrounds. Dante Vicino, Robert’s son, says: “there are the expected middle-aged, conservative demographic, but we have political moderates and liberals, too.”

Prior to the pandemic, Vicino was not to make money out of Living. “My goal is not to become rich, the outside of this. I was rich already,” he explains. If the novel coronavirus was spreading in the United States, however, to climb the research on a new Bunker began. In the case of xPoint, the plant in South Dakota, Living has sold more than 50 Bunker and still go 500. “We sell almost a day and now,” Robert tells me. Two weeks ago, he says, he made more than a million dollars on a single Friday. On the following Monday, he made $ 500,000.

Living non-screening of incoming members for the new type of Corona-confirmed Virus. Vicino says that the tests are “valid”, and he trusts people to make their own decisions. “If you are wearing the need to have a mask, you wear a mask,” he says. “If you need rubber gloves, you wear them. At the end of the day, it’s your bunker.”

Some bunker companies capitalized on coronavirus fears and started, the marketing of air filtration systems that from the screen COVID-19-particles. Rising S company, a Texas-based disaster preparedness group, calls itself the leader in “nuclear, biological, and chemical air filtration system” and says it has required “experience in order to help stop the spread of the deadly virus.” Apartment is a luxury bunker maker, survival says it has a system, the “out pathogens such as COVID-19 can filter.” Still Living, says his shelters come with “air-scrubber, in order to eliminate all pathogenic and radioactive particles before entry into the ground.”

“before We had a lot of snake oil companies in the air of the room spaces,” says Jeffrey Siegel, a professor of civil engineering at the Univerrsity of Toronto, which specializes in the air filtration systems. “Now we have orders to size and more of them certain claims about COVID.”

seal says that, while the Filter could be effective for cleaning air spreading in the bunkers, you don’t take care of the big concerns about how the Corona Virus is actually. “In terms of the COVID risk, I’ll take care of the outside air at all,” he says. “I’m worried about the air in the room, and I’m worried about being in the room with someone who is infected.”

seal also says that the Installation you can enjoy the air-Filter, but not the test people who’ve traveled from large cities is foolish, if not downright dangerous. “If you route the addressing of the airborne and not in close contact, it is stupid. We should not even talk about it,” he says. “If the bunkers are poorly ventilated, then they are actually even more dangerous to treat a disease point of view, as a well-ventilated house, not doing anything air.”

For Michael, Megan, and their two children, the pandemic was needed the last push to move to xPoint permanently. The family of four lives in New Carlisle, Indiana — a town with under 2,000 people — but they wanted even more Land. Two years earlier, she’d bought a bunker xPoint. Now it was time to take the leap.

The decision is dated from 2012, when one of her daughters came in a terrible accident at the Indiana State Fair. She was hit by a truck and suffered a crushed pelvis and two broken arms as well as numerous internal injuries, to recover the nearly 20 operations. The experience left Michael and Megan with the knowledge that you had to learn to fend for themselves — anything could happen at any time. “If Michael says in the case of Katrina, the floods in Texas, the governments can not rule the world”,. “After all the stuff that unfolds and you will see the YouTube videos, it is foolish to think for anyone, you could be dependent on the state.”

Now that you are in South Dakota, the days of easy and satisfactory. In the morning, Megan home schools her two girls, while Michael’s work on the bunker begins. He is building a wooden floor over the concrete and put in a plumbing and electrical system. In the afternoon, Megan and the girls tend to the vegetable garden. Soon you will begin canning your own food. The routine is reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie or a minimalist Instagram influencer, except with armored doors instead of linen curtains. “The whole experience from the construction of the bunker and here is fun and exciting,” Megan says. “Every day is an adventure.”

While many Living clients are currently building your Bunker, Tom, and Mary are one of the other, only the couple live in xPoint permanently. They bought communities their shelter three years ago, after reading Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, which is very popular among prepper. The book is a work of fiction; it’s the story of a worldwide economic collapse, tells, where the United States is “grippy” in a “continual Orgy of robbery, murder, looting, rape and arson”, where “hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities.” Tom says, “It opened my eyes to the extent of the danger, most people have, if something happens and food can’t be delivered to the store for whatever reason.”

When the couple found out about xPoint, they were intrigued, but wanted to see what the community was like prior to committing. “It’s one thing to hide in a hole in the ground and stay there for months, but there are some things not to do, I can,” Tom said. To be “Community is important, because you’re going to need help.”

He decided to visit xFest, the Fourth of July-the festival of Living to future members welcome. There he found a group of like — minded people- predominantly families and couples, which could form as he and Maria, he knew, the basis for a survival network. He and Mary signed the paperwork, planning to use the bunker as a starting point, if you stood in the silence, and began to travel in the United States.

But the pandemic is postponed, so that the timeline significantly. In February, as the cases began to grow in the USA, Tom and Mary watched in horror as the signs of collapse, they had read about in patriots started to play in front of your eyes. “We look out the window and see people going to the exhibition of behaviour to spread the virus like crazy,” Tom said.

of course, they were better prepared than most, but she had not expected situations like a toilet paper shortage. “Toilet paper is important to have, don’t get me wrong, but there were people loading the carts of toilet paper and not about the food in the mouth,” Tom said.

The shortage has made Tom and Mary feel exposed, especially due to the proximity to a big city. “We realized that when we have a complete collapse of society as we know it, we would have told us very vulnerable in our house to the West of Atlanta,” Tom. She decided it was time to move.

Now, as Michael and Megan, you live completely off the grid. XPoint has no power or electricity, and the nearest town is 30 minutes away. Tom and Mary, the sky no more howling sirens, or crowds of people. “We have said and we realized that we had done it,” Tom. “It was really to know a great relief, we were in a safe place and were able to manage themselves.” He is working on the expansion of the bunker with everything it needs to get a life home values. Already, he created his own energy system and has a solar plant and a wind turbine. “I’m his helper,” says Mary. You don’t plan to go back to Georgia in the foreseeable future.

During the pandemic prompted to move Tom and Mary, their bunkers and brought in an influx of new customers, the Robert Vicino is convinced that it is only the beginning. “It’s the ripple effect,” he tells me. “The people are predators.” Near paints a picture of looting and the Chaos, like what is described in the patriots. “The have-nots go after the haves,” he says again. “It will be the hell-zones.”

If this happens, Near claims Living is the ultimate safe zone. “I hope that the seeds of the future society of America come by the Living,” he says humbly. “It sounds prophetic, but it could happen.”

Released on Wed, 13 may 2020 13:00:00 +0000

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