Anyone who has trained in the art of preparedness can tell you that the difference between enduring a survival scenario with the absolute bare-bones essentials versus enjoying even just a few minor creature comforts can be the difference between merely surviving the trial as opposed to comfortably living through the event. This variable of comfort extends to all aspects of one’s preparedness plan, not the least of which includes survival shelters.

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Oftentimes, images of low ceilings, drab grey walls, garish fluorescent lighting and crates of barely edible canned rations stacked next to steel-welded folding bunks are conjured when envisioning a typical survival shelter or “doomsday bunker.” In a way, perhaps subconsciously, it might seem fitting to just accept the prospect of rather grim surroundings in a survival situation. After all, it beats the alternative of no shelter at all, right? But if you’re planning to endure tough times and seeking refuge may be required, given the option and opportunity, wouldn’t you rather stick it out in as much comfort and style as possible?

That seems to be precisely what Robert Vicino, one self-made entrepreneur, reasoned when investing millions of his own dollars into the development of a massive state-of-the-art luxury underground shelter network—The Vivos Project—that is now poised to span the globe.

Each Vivos community shelter is completely outfitted for its members to survive for a minimum of one year autonomously. Here’s what goes into making a Vivos community shelter “survivor ready.”

To learn more, check out the fall 2014 issue of SURVIVOR’S EDGE, available on newsstands and digitally July 22, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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