Vivos (underground shelter)

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Vivos, also known as The Vivos Group, is a California-based company founded by Robert Vicino that proposes to build hardened underground shelters designed to withstand future disasters and life-extinction catastrophes.[1] One 10,000-square-foot (0.093 ha) shelter has been completed in Indiana, and others are proposed. As of April 2012, Vicino said the company had approximately 25,000 subscribers, of whom 1,000 had bought shares entitling them to space in a shelter.[2]


Indiana shelter[edit]

The first completed shelter is located in Indiana;[3] it can house 80 people for up to a year.[4]

Vivos Europa One[edit]

Typical Living Quarters in Vivos Europa One

Vivos plans to convert a surplus Cold War Soviet-built underground complex of 250,000 square feet (2.3 ha) located in Rothenstein, Germany, into a luxury shelter to house up to 6,000 people, a small zoo, storage for cultural treasures, and a gene bank for reconstituting plants and animals after a possible extinction event.[5][6][7] Fire safety regulations are expected to present a problem for the project.[7]

Cancelled Atchison, Kansas shelter[edit]

In 2013, Vivos acquired the purchase rights to a large portion of the Atchison Storage Facility, a 2,700,000-square-foot (25 ha) former limestone mine in Atchison, Kansas, formerly owned by the US Army, and announced plans to convert it into "the world's largest private underground survivor shelter", housing 5,000 people.[4][8] In June 2014, Vivos cancelled the Kansas project.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Vivos Underground Shelter Network for surviving in style". Coolest Gadgets. June 29, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ Hoffmann, Maren (April 11, 2012). "'Können Sie die Sonne sehen? Dann sind Sie verwundbar'". Manager Magazin (in German). Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Strategically Located in Central Indiana". Vivos. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Vivos Survival Shelter and Resort a massive doomsday shelter made from old Army facility". CBS news. Associated Press. June 20, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ Dobson, Jim (June 12, 2015). "Billionaire Bunkers: Exclusive Look Inside the World's Largest Planned Doomsday Escape". ForbesLife. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Anderson, Brad (September 7, 2015). "Billionaire Reveals Ultra-Luxury Bunkers in Germany". Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Lachmann, Anne (July 2, 2015). "Amerikaner will Luxus-Bunker in Thüringen bauen". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Tecklenburg, Zach. "Underground doomsday shelter to open near Atchison, Kansas". KSHB. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Vivos Kansas". Vivos. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Rosenfeld, Everett (July 3, 2014). "Apocalypse later: Largest bunker scrapped". CNBC. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 

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