The Mayan Apocalypse: Could These Doomsday Bunkers Save You?
By Geoffrey Ingersoll
The prevalence of "fallout" shelters in pop culture, indeed in culture itself, has seen a recent spike.
Maybe it was the 2008 global economic crisis, or the deafening apocalyptic talk of prominent pundits (ahem,
), or even the resurgence of the zombie as the way that life on earth will shuffle to its end.
Regardless of the reason, the bomb shelter business is booming, and the cult following even has its own show on
National Geographic called "Doomsday Preppers
The photos here are a product of L.A.-based company Atlas Survival Shelters, which provides decked out living quarters in the event of an errant asteroid, nuclear holocaust or walking dead.
Step Inside an Underground Shelter
First the schematics: bomb shelters can be directly attached to one's home, for easy access.
The shelter is a full 20 feet beneath the earth and comes equipped with a separate escape hatch.
Once you place an order, and pick the spot, the company does the rest.
Technicians align, then equip your new shelter with camouflaged exhaust and surveillance (optional).
The 'blast hatch' is designed to be air tight and can even be camouflaged to look like a giant landscape boulder.
The tunnel drops at a 30 degree angle, in what the company says is just enough to block gamma radiation.
Inside the decontamination room there's a shower to clean any hazardous material off the suit (assuming you bought a hazmat suit).
The hatch leads to the corrugated pipe shelter which is 10 feet in diameter.
Closing the hatch behind you, there's a locking mechanism that's incredibly difficult to breach.
Insider the shelter is a nice prefab living quarter (though they offer unfurnished, unfinished shelters as well).
A removable floorboard reveals underground storage for food and water stores.
The bunk beds show that the shelter can be a fun place for the whole family.
The living room comes with a couch and a television (for watching those last few flickery news broadcasts). Some versions of the shelters also come with a mini-kitchen.
There's a dining room table and even a table that's upgradable to a UHF broadband radio and surveillance command center (for the right price).
The electric shower and toilet operate on pressurized water.
Coming in containers which range in size, depending on what you might be willing to spend.
And if power runs short, a crank provide enough to keep the party going (perfect chore for a bored kid).
A master bedroom at the far end contains a queen size bed and, outside the photo, the hatch to the escape tube.
The escape hatch is receded into the ground and can be perfectly camouflaged with pieces of sod or grass.
Easy to pop up out of and defend your shelter from wandering bands of post-apocalyptic brigands.
Altogether, prices for these shelters range from $40,000 (4 people) to a whopping $500,000 (for 80 to 90 people).
Here's the plans for the 90-man complex, marketed mostly to the military and military-minded.
You've seen the inside of a cutting edge apocalypse shelter ...
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