Vivos, keeping order in the bunkers and peevish swarms of bees
My fascination with Vivos continues. This week I have been writing about yet-to-be-completely-retrofitted shelters the U.S. company says they are converting to luxury accommodations to weather catastrophic events, man-made or otherwise.
My main fascination with, or objection to, the company (not the Star’s opinion) is because they obviously use fear to sell spots in their underground network. This isn’t "Be prepared for the worst and stock up on clean water and a medical kit." This seems more like "Your children will perish in a lake of fire unless you crack out the credit card."
I wanted to know: How much room will they actually have for people? The company got back to me in less than 24 hours, via email, with a breakdown of the size of some of the facilities.
The largest North American shelter is "136,000 square feet, on 4 floor levels with accommodations for 1,000 people," the spokesperson wrote.
They are also working on a facility in Europe that is "nearly 250,000 square feet and capable of accommodating 2,000 people. Their smallest is in Indiana (about 8,000 square feet) and can hold 80 people, the company said.
So, provided you get your spot and make it past the roadblocks, crowds of hysterical people, angry dogs and swarms of peevish bees (can you imagine the end of days without bees?), how long can you stay inside the shelter?
A Vivos spokesperson answered some of the questions in an email.
"There is no “maximum” time a person may stay in the shelter. We stock and supply each shelter with enough food, fuel and supplies to provide for a “minimum” of 1 year of autonomous habitation for survival," said a Vivos spokesperson.
"This period may be extended depending on the circumstances of the catastrophe, e.g. outside air, ability to grow food on the surface, temperatures, supplemental fuel/power sources, etc. The Vivos 1000 economy class shelter is stocked for just 6 months duration to bring down the cost of co-ownership."
Next questions? Who is in charge of curfew, who gets to hold the remote (or tasers -- they sell them on the site) and make sure the crackers and cheese don’t run out?
For that one, Vivos sent me to a link. It sounds like the plan is to figure out who is best at playing police, doctor, nurse, cook, and they will assume their roles. There will also be a "security/caretaker" on site, the company said. It is worth taking a read yourself.
When I first emailed the company, a spokeswoman asked where I wanted Star readers to be when disaster struck. While I appreciate that the company is now sending me straight information (free of comments about the safety of our readers), I still say I do not want any of you within a thousand miles of any of the Vivos shelters or their heavily enforced doors.