USA Today reports that business is booming for companies that build doomsday safe houses. But because of the high cost of construction, the new model is to buy part ownership in a larger facility designed to house up to two thousand people.
The Vivos Network, for example, is a planned group of 20 fortified, underground living communities spread across the United States, each complete with enough food and water for all owners for an extended period of time.
“They are intended to protect those inside for up to a year from catastrophes such as a nuclear attack, killer asteroids or tsunamis.”
As previously discussed, strategies that work in major natural or man-made disasters will likely do the job in a zombie outbreak as well.
But one overlooked issue is the massive amount of trust in strangers these partial-ownership facilities require. When hundreds of people have the ability to access your shelter, what’s to stop an owner from bringing his entire extended family along even though he’s only purchased one spot? What’s to stop dozens of owners doing likewise, thereby instantly shrinking your food supply from a year to just a couple weeks?
By contrast, what if your parents are visiting when the dead rise? Will you bring them along, or elect to follow the rules and leave mom and dad outside because they don’t have a golden ticket?
Add in the standard problems of clashing personalities, religious and political disagreements, and the inevitability of hidden infections in the group, the community shelter system seems like a disaster waiting to happen all on its own.