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Doomsday Homes

As we approach the latest projected doomsday (Dec. 21, 2012) the end of the world is getting to be quite popular. Google “doomsday” and you will find a lot of websites with black backgrounds and urgent red lettering. Emergency bunker sales are up, according to the claims on these sites. Then there are the new reality TV shows, “Doomsday Preppers” and “Doomsday Bunkers.”

All beg the question, where would you go to “bug out?” A mountaintop, inside a mountain, underground, in a fortress, or is the best shelter a combination of these? It soon becomes evident that you have to choose what type of emergencies you are preparing for. Rising seas, pandemic, nuclear war, economic collapse, widespread anarchy, earthquake, drought, famine, pestilence, or pestilence variation in the oft-cited but as-yet fictional form of zombies. Of course, it could be a combination of the calamities listed above.

Every property has strengths and weaknesses, which can vary depending upon the particular doomsday involved. For example, an underground hideout won’t do you any good if the trouble is rising sea levels.

Only one of the following properties was designed with hardcore preppers in mind; the rest offer more stylish and genteel answers to possible future widespread problems. Some shelters are remote and well-stocked, others are defensible or harder to damage; all offer their occupants the opportunity to ride it out in style while laying low.

One thing is common throughout most of these 10 homes: They’re nearly all good for groups, because in post-apocalyptic times, people will need to stick together for survival.

Previously: Apocalypse, Wow: Disaster-Ready Homes

By Colleen KanePosted 5 April 2012

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