Top richest people have built smart bunkers, preparing for possible riots after the coronavirus epidemic will end
Amid the crisis caused by the coronavirus, many wealthy people are preparing to go down to their underground bunkers and take cover there for at least six months. They are not afraid of nuclear war - they are worried about the threat of riots when people will start to fight over food and toilet paper. Despite the fact that the construction of such bunkers costs several million dollars, this business is booming.
They are among the most famous people in the world. Billionaires, heads of technology companies, superstars, doctors, lawyers and numerous top managers of large corporations. All of them have one thing in common - incredible underground bunkers with luxurious amenities like swimming pools, bowling lounges and shooting galleries.
Amid the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, bunker owners are preparing their families to go down to the bunkers on a signal, where they will spend at least six months. They are not concerned about the threat of nuclear war or the fall of an asteroid. First of all, they fear the outbreak of riots.
For several years, all these people built luxurious bomb shelters with one goal - to protect their families. Some of the houses have special rooms with evacuation hatches, with which you can enter the bunker through the tunnel. Others hid bunkers on the territory of huge land plots - at a distance from the main place of residence.
In an interview for Forbes, the head of Texas-based Rising S Bunkers, Gary Lynch says his company specializes in the construction of underground bunkers with all amenities and is considered one of the market leaders. According to Lynch, now his business is booming. The number of requests received by Rising S Bunkers from potential buyers who are worried about their future has recently risen to 2000%.
“Unfortunately, the demand for underground bunkers has increased again. We specialize in their construction, but I would prefer to build something else. However, we truly believe that they are necessary. We will not build anything else until demand exists on the market, ”Lynch says. - We can build anything because we have huge production capacities, but we are building the bunkers. We have high quality standards and we share the opinion of our customers regarding many issues. Therefore, we are the best in this business. ”
“Three Silver Leaf bomb shelter models measuring 15 by 3 meters are most in demand among customers. These are by far the most popular models. It’s not necessary to be a millionaire to afford such a bunker, ”emphasizes the head of Rising S Bunkers.
“Most of our customers want to protect themselves from only one. No matter what happens in the USA, be it a war, a natural disaster like the earthquakes in the New Madrid fault in the 1800s, or a pandemic like the one that swept our country now, we are all on the verge of a social collapse and the beginning of the collapse of society. This is a real threat that we can all face, ”adds Lynch.
One of the wealthy clients of Rising S Bunkers told how it feels to be the owner of a luxury bunker. Terry is now 45 years old and has three children. His family lives on a huge plot in Ohio. Three years ago, Terry built his bunker. Now he nervously counts the minutes until the moment when he suddenly feels the need to go down underground with his family members.
Bunker with an area of almost 140 square meters. m. is located not under Terry’s house, but not far from it - on the territory of a huge land plot on which a nondescript building was built. There is an evacuation hatch in the building, through which you can go down to the underground bunker. There is much more space in this bunker than in many ordinary houses: two spacious bedrooms, a nursery and two bathrooms.
“When I decided to build a bunker, I did not think about the threat of nuclear war. I was more concerned about the riots, ”Terry explains. “Now we see that what we have always been preparing for can become a reality.” This is a completely different story. People can start a war over food and toilet paper. I do not think the world will destroy the virus. I think that the world will destroy what will happen after the virus. "
When designing an underground bunker with all the amenities Terry thought about how to shelter his family for at least six months. “We have three children. We wanted a place for them and for my parents. Rising S Bunkers was fully responsible for the construction and equipment of the bunker. We have two spacious bedrooms, one for children, a huge living room, study, pantry, kitchen and weapons storage room, ”says Terry.
His family had already held a kind of “dress rehearsal” and several times remained in the bunker for the night. “Children like it in the bunker because there is a lot of space. They love to explore it, ”Terry says. - In case the electric network fails, we installed hidden solar panels. We also ran an internet cable underground, so the bunker is like another house for us. ”
What do you need to stock up to survive in the underground bunker? “We converted one of the rooms into a pantry. We have enough food and water to last exactly six months, ”Terry says. - We ourselves prepared a lot of canned food. We bought a lot of beans and rice, and then packed it all in vacuum bags. It is much cheaper than buying finished products. You can prepare much more food yourself. And it tastes better, because we use the seasonings that we like. ”
How to entertain a large family for six months? “I prepared seven large boxes of Blu-ray movie films and many board games. As long as we have the Internet, we, of course, will use the Xbox and Nintendo Switch game consoles, as well as tablets. This will help in both online learning and regular learning, ”says Terry.
Terry also took care of security. He was well prepared for the possible start of riots. “We have weapons, but we will use them only as a last resort. Along the perimeter of our site, 15 hidden surveillance cameras are installed. We also rehearsed a plan to escape to the bunker. It will take us 25 minutes to hide underground, ”he describes his plan.
Terry admits that he ultimately spent more than $ 1 million on the construction and equipment of a bunker located at a depth of about two meters underground. The walls in the bunker are made of reinforced concrete. Therefore, interior decoration is a separate issue. Terry had to use many magnets to decorate the walls.
Rising S Bunkers offers a large selection of underground bunkers for customers with different budgets. Construction costs start at $ 40,000 and end with several million dollars. The most expensive bomb shelter from Rising S Bunkers is considered a bunker called Aristocrat. Its cost is $ 8.35 million. It can easily accommodate 50 people. The Aristocrat bunker has games rooms, a sauna, a gym, a home theater, a bowling alley, a shooting gallery and a swimming pool. In addition to all this, customers can choose their own flooring and carpet, as well as order a kitchen according to individual parameters. The huge bunker also has a garage for several cars, a room with electric generators, several large storage rooms and a greenhouse for growing organic food. The entire underground bunker is equipped with plumbing and sewage, as well as a wastewater disinfection system. The bunker provides an autonomous power supply system.
The project assumes that a small building will be located above the entrance to the bunker, which at first glance is nothing remarkable. Outside, its walls are sheathed with professional sheet. These are actually bulletproof sheet steel walls with a thickness of approximately 127 mm. Behind an ordinary thin door there is another heavy explosion-proof door. It is sheathed on both sides with sheet steel and is equipped with a strong bolt lock.
Even once inside the building, it is impossible to detect the entrance to the underground bunker. An evacuation hatch leading into it is located behind a false wall made of sheet steel with a thickness of approximately 6.5 mm. All other partitions in the room are also made of it. The dual purpose of this false wall is extremely difficult to notice with the naked eye. It will open only when the secret mechanism is triggered. As soon as the owner of the bunker puts it into action and opens the hatch, he can safely lock himself from the inside with a double shutter.
The huge anti-radiation shelter is equipped with everything you need: a staircase with a railing, bulletproof doors, air filtration systems from the effects of weapons of mass destruction with anti-explosive valves and pressure relief valves, 120 and 240 volt sockets, high pressure hydraulic pumps, showers, water heaters, tanks and pumps for wastewater pumping, 12-volt LED lamps, solar power station for backup power, security system with infrared sensors, an intake, as well as TVs and DVD players that connect to a 12 volt power supply. The inside of the walls in the bunker is painted, and the outside is treated with an anti-corrosion protective coating. The kitchen in the underground bunker is equipped with two countertops and a sink, and pantries with shelves for storing food.
The cost of another luxury bunker from Rising S Bunkers is $ 4.2 million. It is called The Presidential. It has nine separate bedrooms, ten bunk beds and eight folding sofas. Among the bunkers from Rising S Bunkers, a bomb shelter with an area of about 557 square meters also stands out. m. called The Ultra. It has two large bedrooms, six small bedrooms, two kitchens, a gym, a shooting gallery and a greenhouse.
More affordable bins from Rising S Bunkers include The General ($ 1.59 million) and The Fortress ($ 1 million). The cost of small bunkers measuring 6 by 3 meters starts at $ 58,000. They provide the same long-term security.
Google is adding features to Maps to alert users to travel restrictions related to Covid-19
Google is adding features to Maps to alert users to travel restrictions related to Covid-19, to help them better plan their routes, the Alphabet group's division announced on Monday.
The update will allow users to check how crowded a station might be at a given time, or if buses on a particular route have a limited schedule, Google said.
Alerts will be available in Argentina, France, India, the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries.
The new features will include details on checkpoints for Covid-19 and restrictions at national borders, starting with Canada, Mexico and the United States.
In recent months, the company has analyzed location data from the phones of billions of users in 131 countries to examine mobility during restrictions and to help health authorities assess whether people are complying with social restraints and other orders. to control the spread of the virus.
Google has invested billions of dollars in search engine advertising revenue to digitally map the world, attracting an average of 1 billion users a month to the free navigation app.
WHO updates mask recommendations
Now they are advised to wear not only sick.
WHO Director-General Tedros Hebreyusus, during a new COVID-19 briefing, announced new recommendations for the prevention of coronavirus. Here are the main points:
- Doctors and other medical staff should always wear masks, regardless of whether they work with infected coronavirus infections or not.
- People over 60 years of age, as well as those who have chronic diseases, are advised to wear masks wherever it is impossible to maintain physical distance.
- The governments of the countries should encourage the wearing of masks in any places where it is impossible to maintain physical distance, especially for public transport and shops.
- Those with symptoms similar to coronavirus infection should stay at home. All who contacted him should be quarantined.
- If a sick person or someone who has contacted him needs to leave the house, he must wear a mask.
- WHO considers masks to be of high quality, which consist of three layers of different materials or more.
Previously, the WHO spoke only about the need to wear masks for the sick, because there was insufficient data (apart from clinical studies, which many experts consider to be of little relevance to real life).
More masks than jellyfish. Coronavirus debris reaches the ocean and turns into ecological bombs
Environmental activists warn that the coronavirus pandemic is leading to a massive increase in ocean pollution, exacerbating the problem of plastic waste dumped in the water, which has been threatening marine life for some time, reports The Guardian. Sanitary masks floating in the water like jellyfish and latex gloves on the ocean floor - this is what the pollution of the oceans during the pandemic looks like.
The French non-profit organization Operation Mer Propre, whose activists collect waste and debris dumped on the Cote d'Azur, have begun warning about people's behavior regarding the disposal of masks and other such consumables.
The divers discovered in the water what Joffrey Peltier, a member of the organization, described as "COVID waste" - lots of masks, empty bottles of hand sanitizer and latex gloves. All this, combined with the waste that people used to throw into the sea - disposable glasses and other plastic or aluminum objects.
Although the amount of waste was not huge, the discovery of these new forms of pollution raises fears that in the era of COVID, it may become a new norm as millions of people around the world begin to use masks and gloves to fight viruses.
Orders of 2 billion masks have been announced in France alone, according to French authorities. "There is a risk that very soon we will have more masks floating in the Mediterranean than jellyfish," says Laurent Lombard, another environmental activist, in a post on Twitter, along with a video showing a bunch of masks and gloves removed from the sea.
The lifespan of the discarded sanitary masks is 450 years, which makes them ecological time bombs, especially in the conditions of the climate crisis that has been affecting the planet for some time. "We see them everywhere (masks - ed.). Ever since the masks began to be worn in society, the cause and effect can be seen on the beaches, ”says Gary Stokes, a member of Oceania.
Although much of the waste is dumped for lack of interest or attention, he says it may be carried by the wind on beaches and oceans after it has been dumped in cities or inhabited areas.
Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski, announced that she had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, but that her husband and the couple's two children had been tested negative.
"I received a positive coronavirus test today. Unexpected news, considering that both me and my family still follow all the rules - masks, gloves, minimal contact ", wrote the first lady of Ukraine on Twitter.
However, she explained that she is feeling well, not being hospitalized at the moment, but that she will be isolated from her husband and children. According to the press service of the President's Office, the first lady currently has no symptoms of the disease.
However, in order not to spread the virus, Olena Zelenska is on outpatient treatment, isolated from other family members. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenski and the children also passed the test, their results being negative. Ukraine has so far reported 29,753 coronavirus infections, with 870 people losing their lives due to COVID-19.
The Eiffel Tower reopens for visitors
The Eiffel Tower, the most visited monument in the world, will reopen to the public on June 25, after being closed for more than three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from the Company that manages the monument and taken over by EFE.
“We are eager for the Tower to receive visitors again, of course under strict protection measures and within the current sanitary measures in force ", the general manager of the company that manages the monument, Patrick Branco Ruivo, wrote in the communiqué, writes Agerpres.
In order to have access to the tower, it is recommended to buy tickets on the Internet, the obligatory use of protective masks, and a signaling system will be installed in the whole monument for the orderly management of visitors, whose number will be limited both on floors and at entrance, and a daily disinfection of public spaces will be carried out.
In the first moment, the access will be made exclusively on the stairs and up to the second floor, with the entrance through the east wing and the exit through the west to minimize the contact between the visits. The main elevator will not be reopened yet, and its use will depend on the evolution of the sanitary crisis.
The Eiffel Tower was closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 13 and was then used as a symbol to support gestures of solidarity with health workers and the victims of the virus.