“I’m sorry, please forgive me.
I kept telling you, Jerry — all of you — get ready, build a shelter. Forget the card parties and the barbecues and make the admission to yourself that the worst was possible.
But you didn’t want to listen, Jerry. To build a shelter was to admit to the kind of age we lived in.
So now you’ve got to face something far worse, Jerry.
Oh, god, please, god protect you, Jerry.”
— The Twilight Zone, ‘The Shelter‘, broadcast Sept. 29, 1961
(Illustration of Radius Engineering’s doomsday bunker found here).
Total sign of the hard-case times in which we inhabit — earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear meltdowns and war.
And U.S. companies selling doomsday bunkers are seeing sales skyrocket anywhere from 20 percent to 1,000 percent.
Northwest Shelter Systems, which offers shelters ranging in price from $200,000 to $20 million, has seen sales surge 70% since the uprisings in the Middle East, with the Japanese earthquake only spurring further interest.
In hard numbers, that’s 12 shelters already booked when the company normally sells four shelters per year.
“Sales have gone through the roof, to the point where we are having trouble keeping up,” said Northwest Shelter Systems owner Kevin Thompson.
UndergroundBombShelter.com, which sells portable shelters, bomb shelters and underground bunkers, has seen inquiries soar 400% since the Japanese earthquake.
So far sales of its $9,500 nuclear biological chemical shelter tents are at an all-time high — with four sold in California last week, compared to about one a month normally.
Vivos, a company that sells rooms in 200-person doomsday bunkers, has received thousands of applications since the massive earthquake in Japan, with reservations spiking nearly 1,000% last week.
And people are backing their fear with cash: A reservation requires a minimum deposit of $5,000.
“People are afraid of the earth-changing events and ripple effects of the earthquake, which led to tsunamis, the nuclear meltdown, and which will lead to radiation and health concerns,” said Vivos CEO Robert Vicino. “Where it ends, I don’t know. Does it lead to economic collapse?
A true economic collapse would lead to anarchy, which could lead to 90% of the population being killed off.”
Fantasy bordering on nightmare.