Vivos (underground shelter)

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Vivos, also known as The Vivos Group, is a California-based company founded by Robert Vicino[1] that is building a network of hardened underground shelters designed to withstand future disasters and life-extinction catastrophes.[2]

The shelters are reportedly able to withstand a 20 megaton nuclear blast[3] and operate autonomously for six months to one year.[3][4] A bunker in California "was built to withstand a 50-megaton nuclear blast 10 miles away, 450mph winds, a magnitude-10 earthquake, 10 days of 1,250°F surface fires, and three weeks beneath any flood."[5] Planned Vivos facilities vary in size, accommodating up to 1,000 people,[3] and are to be buried in undisclosed locations across the United States, as well as Europe, South America, and Australia.[6] The projected total cost of each bunker varies, typically between $6 million and $20 million.[7] The first completed shelter is located in Indiana.[8] At complete build out, the company plans to accommodate 6,000 people (about 1 in 1,000,000 people on Earth).[7] The project also includes a "Cryovault" that will maintain freezers preserving reproductive gamete cells and DNA of humans and animals for a potential re-population of the Earth.[9] Each shelter will be equipped with enough food, clothing, medicine, fuel, water and survival gear for one whole year.[10]

In 2013 it acquired the purchase rights to a large portion of the 2.7 million square foot Atchison Storage Facility which it says it is converting to the "world's largest doomsday shelter" in a space that handle RV's.[11] As of May 2014, no construction had begun on this project and ownership had not been transfer to Vivos.

Potential members are reviewed and screened by a "Selection Committee" based on their skills and ability to contribute to the shelter community.[12] As of November 2012, about 25,000[13] people have applied for a space in the shelters.

Originally focusing on "Luxury Class" community shelters,[3] the company has more recently expanded into "Economy class"[3] community shelters and "Private" single family modular bunkers.[14]

In the summer of 2012, casting calls went out for a new Spike TV show, originally set for airing fall 2012, the Last Family on Earth,[15][16] which was to feature six families competing for "ownership interests in a community-owned, underground Luxury Class Shelter provided by The Vivos Group."[17]


  1. ^ De Moraes, Lisa (5 June 2012). "Spike TV’s ‘Last Family on Earth’: Coming to a bunker near you". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 January 2013. the bunker space is being provided by the doomsday-shelter-building outfit Vivos, which is headed by Del Mar, Calif., developer Robert Vicino. He’s the same guy who, way back in ’83, installed an inflatable 10-story King Kong on the Empire State Building... at that time, Vicino was in the inflatable advertising business 
  2. ^ "Vivos Underground Shelter Network for surviving in style". Coolest Gadgets. June 29, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Ellis, Blake (14 June 2011). "Doomsday bunkers for under $10,000!". CNN Money (CNN). Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Doomsday shelter currently selling bunker space". PhysOrg. April 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  5. ^ Cooper, Arnie. "The World’s First Everything-Proof Underground Luxury Community". Popular Science. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Vivos - Underground Survival Shelter Network Map". Vivos. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b O'Connor, Clare (21 April 2011). "Selling The Apocalypse: Would You Pay $50,000 To Be 'Saved'?". Forbes. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Strategically Located in Central Indiana". Vivos. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Vivos Cryovault". Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Anhie, Dylan. "Vivos Underground Shelter Network for 4,000 Survivors". Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
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  12. ^ "Vivos - Underground Survival Shelter Network Reservation and Application for Membership". Vivos. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "READY, PREP, GO". FIN MAGAZINE. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Vivos Quantum". Vivos. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Bauder, David (5 June 2012). "'Last Family On Earth': Spike Reality Show Gives Bunker As Prize". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  16. ^ Associated Press (5 June 2012). "New TV series to air with survivalist families competing to win a fortified bunker". Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Do you have what it takes to survive the apocalypse? Then Spike TV wants you!!!". Pilgrim Studios Casting. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 

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