As uncertainty has gripped global economic and political structures, "preppers" have tasked themselves with bracing for potential calamity and chaos. We've already told you about these individuals who are stocking up on food, guns, water and other items. Now, in Kansas, preppers are also building super-protective luxury condos into the shaft of an abandoned missile silo.
According to AFP, four buyers have already put a total of $7 million down for these emergency homes that will protect them if and when disaster hits. The developer, Larry Hall, plans to create even more housing in other Cold War-era storage units when this first prepper haven fills up.
Hall, 55, isn't just a businessman who is creating these homes for others while shrinking away from the notion that calamity could, indeed, hit. The developer has also secured one of the houses for himself. While he plans to use the new structure as a vacation home, he's ready and willing to move his family there in case the power grid gets wiped out or some other monumental issue unfolds.
WTSP.com provides more information about Hall's motivations for purchasing the silo and embarking on this epic journey of preparation:
Years ago, Hall was running NebuTel Inc., a small telecommunications and consulting company. Part of his growth strategy in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, was setting up secure, remote sites for data storage for Fortune 500 customers, a niche seemingly further driven home by the three hurricanes in 2005 that nearly destroyed NebuTel's operation in downtown Melbourne.
Abandoned missile silos, designed to withstand a nuclear war, seemed ideal for that type of data storage. So Hall bought one. But then two things happened. The first was the recession, which stalled NebuTel's growth plans as business spending plummeted. The second was Hall heeding what had been a growing concern within him over the safety of his now 7-year-old son and wife in the event of some sort of disaster. These worries kept him up at night.
And AFP has more about the fascinating homes Hall is building:
Built to withstand an atomic blast, even the most paranoid can find comfort inside concrete walls that are nine feet thick and stretch 174 feet (53 meters) underground.
Instead of simply setting up shop in the old living quarters provided for missile operators, Hall is building condos right up the missile shaft. Seven of the 14 underground floors will be condo space selling for $2 million a floor or $1 million a half floor. Three and a half units have been sold, two contracts are pending and only two more full units are available, Hall said. [...]
He is also installing an indoor farm to grow enough fish and vegetables to feed 70 people for as long as they need to stay inside and also stockpiling enough dry goods to feed them for five years.
The compound will offer anything and everything to its inhabitants. Energy supplies will be plentiful and water will be stored and filtered in giant, underwater tanks. Security, too, will be stellar. An elevator will only operate if an individual within it has fingerprints that are in the electronic system. Cameras will monitor a barbed-wire fence to alert residents of any unwelcome visitors.
While the structure is all about safety, it won't come without entertainment value. A pool, movie theater and library are all in the plans as well.