Robert Vicino Makes Old Army Facility a Massive Survival Shelter

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People have been worried about an apocalypse for years, especially with the release of new movies and shows that focus on it. Now, a man in Kansas has created a safe haven for a few thousand people in case it happens.

Robert Vicino purchased a portion of the former U.S. Army storage facility 50 miles northwest of Kansas City. The area consists of a complex of limestone caves which exists under rolling hills.

"I do believe I am on a mission and doing a spiritual thing," Vicino said. "We will certainly be part of the genesis."

But Vicino isn't waiting until an apocalypse to put the facility to use. Vivos Survival Shelter and Resort will be a place for members to take vacations and learn survival skills.

"It's quirky and gets attention," Jacque Pregont, president of the Atchison Chamber of Commerce said. 

Paul Seyfried, who belongs to a group who promotes preparation for disasters, said America has been complacent since the death of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was the last president to promote fallout shelters.

"There has been no war on our soil in over 100 years, so the horror of war is not stamped indelibly in Americans' minds," Seyfried said. 

Ken Rose, a history professor, said "Some people are just obsessed by this idea. Without minimizing the terror threat here today, the threats were much greater at the height of the Cold War. At least then anxiety was based on a realistic scenario."

Despite differing views on the need for a shelter, Vicino believes his will prove to be a lifesaver in the future. 

The shelter is supported by thick limestone pillars, which are six times stronger than concrete. It will also have blast doors built to withstand a one-megaton nuclear explosion as close as 10 miles. 

His shelter will have enough room for more than 1,000 RVs and 5,000 people.

But it will be costly for people to purchase space in the shelter. He plans on charging people $1,000 for every foot of their RV and $1,500 per person for food. So a person with a 30-foot RV will pay $30,000 for the space.

On top of this large shelter, he owns several smaller shelters. 

And members don't have to worry about their space being taken, as no one knows where the secret, smaller shelters are, and money at the time of a catastrophe will likely be useless.

"I've heard people say, 'I will just show up at the door,'" he said. "Our response is, 'great, where is the door?' At our secret shelters, you don't know where to go, and your cash will be worthless at that time."

Sources: Daily Mail, CBS