Why the 1% will survive the apocalypse
Unlike worrying about being late for their private jets, surviving the apocalypse is not a concern for the super-wealthy. If you happen to have a spare $1 million lying around, you too can survive the end of the world in style in a half-floor, luxury underground condo in Kansas.
The retrofitted Cold War missile silo extends 174 feet underground and contains 14 separate floors of living space and amenities. A state-of-the-art security system and 9-feet thick concrete walls put any worries about intruders at ease. Not to mention that the silo was build to withstand an atomic blast.
According to the AFP, “complex life support systems” will allow the silo’s residents to continue their daily routines from their subterranean haven. A school and medical center will be in operation whenever the silo is in “lockdown mode”, and multiple energy sources, including windmills and generators, will provide power to the complex. An indoor farm coupled with stockpiled goods is expected to feed 70 people for approximately five years and clean water will be stored in giant underground tanks.
For those skeptical about placing a million dollar bet on the end of the world (or $2 million, if you’d like an entire floor to yourself), silo owner Larry Hall provides a prime example of the condos’ utility. Hall owns a unit himself, which he is currently using as a summer home. With space for a pool, library and movie theatre – not to mention electronic “windows” that can show any number of scenes from Paris to the wilderness of Siberia – the condos also provide a great conversation topic for those billionaires tired of discussing the Hamptons.
Perhaps it’s just the claustrophobic in me (not to mention the obvious lack of cash), but the idea of spending several years, if not the rest of my life, underground is not an ideal solution. While the notion of sipping fine wines safe in a concrete bunker as the rest of humanity deals with the fallout from a nuclear war may sound attractive to some, I don’t think I would be able to cope with the eventual mental stress of living in a confined underground environment (yes, I am really claustrophobic) with a very limited number of individuals for company.
Although they appear to be an ideal solution for those who can afford them, owning an apocalypse luxury condo is not sufficient preparation for surviving a doomsday event. The mental toughness required to get through such a scenario is an oft-underrated element of the survival kit. It’s not something that can be dealt with or outsourced to a condo developer, but a skill that must be carefully cultivated over time (Wren and I will return to this topic in a later post).
Finally, I’d say there’s a good chance most of the condo owners won’t be in Kansas when the apocalypse strikes. Multiple transportation plans that have been coordinated with the condo developer would be required to address this issue, in addition to an extensive survival plan in case it is not possible to “bug out”. So don’t fret, the rest of you 99 percenters. We have as good a shot as any at surviving with the billionaires of silo-ville.