The Bunker Business is Booming!
Quite simply put, it does not matter where you go these days. The “survivalist” mentality is here, and here to stay. As life becomes easier, it frees up our time to actually worry about the future instead of worrying about the here-and-now as most folks did less than a century ago. Rapidly-advancing nuclear technology, out-of-control gun laws, and dangerous leaps in science—among other things—could all spell disaster for the world as we know it. For some though, getting caught with their pants down simply is not an option; which is also why the so-called “bunker business” is booming.
Remember back in 2012, when the Mayan prophecy was supposed to be carried out, essentially ending the world as we know it? That would have been a superb time to be in the bunker business. In fact, one company in the industry said that increased anxiety about the world ending in 2012 was the catalyst directly responsible for approximately a quarter of their business. Not only that, but created a widespread increase in awareness for events that could literally end humanity here on Earth. Whether they believe the world is going to end soon or not, many entrepreneurs are capitalizing on the idea by endeavoring into the bunker-building business.
With 2012 in our rearview, it is safe to say that the prophecy predicted by the Mayans was off a bit. Even though the end of the world did not come as predicted by the Mayans, it got people across the globe contemplating other life-ending, world-altering events. Global warming, decreased water supply, nuclear warfare, massive tsunamis, or even the Christian philosophy called the Rapture; there are many things that could destroy our planet or even cause the human race to go extinct all together.
In the end, we are all going to die—at some point that is. Whether we are wiped off the face of the Earth by a giant tsunami, or simply drown because of a simple leg cramp, rest assured nobody is immune to death. However, as we have seen over the past decade or so, some are definitely better prepared to face the apocalyptic events that could become a very real part of our future, building underground bunkers—or should I say fortresses—that can withstand just about any threat thrown at it. Literally!
For those with no budget limitations, having a professionally-built bunker is the way to go. Reinforced steel, contemporary design, and specific amenities at request, some companies can pretty much build you an impenetrable house underground. Once built, these bunkers can be loaded with enough food, water, toiletries, and entertainment to provide sustenance for those who occupy it; in some cases, several months or more. Most bunkers are outfitted with heavy reinforced doors, designed so that once closed, nobody gets in. This is important when you have an entire community outside forcefully trying to gain entry into the bunker.
Unfortunately though, professionally-build bunkers do not come cheap for everybody. Some bunkers can carry a price tag of more than a half-million dollars. Even the cheapest bunkers can run well beyond $50,000. For those operating on a tighter budget, the idea of a do-it-yourself bunker can be quite appealing since it allows one to take the ultimate preparation tactic without breaking the bank so to speak. For those with a bit of construction experience, building a bunker won’t pose too much of a problem.
However, for those with no building experience, a little research on www.rockanddirt.com might be necessary to get a feel for what might be involved. Since bunkers generally lie beneath the surface of the ground, heavy machinery is likely involved as chunks of Earth will need to be excavated and hauled out. Depending on how the bunker is built, a crane will also be necessary to lift the structure and drop it into place.
Aside from heavy machinery, a DIY bunker will likely require permits to build also depending on which state you live in. Ultimately, the ramifications associated with bunker building are not to be taken lightly; it is going to take much more than a few hand tools. After all, the overall goal of a bunker is to protect one’s self and family in the event of a catastrophic occurrence, so it literally needs to be virtually impenetrable in order to retain its integrity.
As folks become more aware of the world around them, the “prepper” mentality will pursue. An underground bunker is a concept that provides safety and sanctity in the event of disaster. Who is to say what the future holds? One thing we can all be assured of is that the future brings with it a sense of uncertainty; and for some, uncertainty is unacceptable for some as it means they are not in control of their own fates. So whether we’re talking about professionally-built bunkers, or a do-it-yourself bunker, the demand is there and isn’t going anywhere soon.
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