Surviving in basement, backyard shelter, or rural farm with friends not viable against viral threats . . .
♦ 95%+ people not well prepared, will come to steal/kill for food, water, gas, ammo - small survivor groups their most likely targets
♦ 12 guards per shift to cover a multi-acre secure compound and surrounding area requires at least 36 people; ideally several hundred
♦ To avoid catching virus need large area to post signs, set up walls manned with armed guards, cleared fields of fire (for warning shots ideally) to stop marauders far enough away to avoid exposure
♦ By presenting a very well defended compound, attack will likely be deterred: marauders will go elsewhere
♦ Doctors, medical clinic, farm/ranch/mechanic and other skills needed
♦ Need equipment and expertise to monitor radioactive fallout, deal with other collapse scenarios that is far too expensive, infeasible for small groups
♦ Need a large, organized group of people to stand watch, tend crops and livestock, work on recovery operations, share expense
♦ Must have room/procedures/discipline/control for quarantine shelter or your friend coming to join you may bring the virus
. . . and requires you to take on a huge workload, expensive investments, and making life and death decisions for others
♦ A year of stockpiled food may not be enough - need ability to grow food, raise livestock - and defend it
♦ Local law enforcement likely not available - need an unquestioned person in charge
♦ Force may be needed - keeping non-members out, enforcing quarantine procedures, managing weapons, giving shoot orders if marauder attack
♦ Lots of expertise and advance preparation, special facilities and equipment needed to be prepared for wide variety of threats and collapse conditions
♦ To both survive and then reconstitute with a decent quality of life; a professionally managed, fully prepared, disciplined survival community of 100+ people needed
♦ Unless you are prepared to handle all the above and comfortable making these life and death decisions, you are better off being a member of professional survival community - at much less expense
Shelter Sales are Booming
Top U.S. officials have underground shelter space and private company shelter sales are booming
"Mount Weather" in West Virginia is a huge FEMA-run survival site for top U.S. civilian and military officials
Survival Condo provides luxury survival facilities in former ICBM silos—with libraries, meeting rooms, swimming pool, rock climbing wall, theater and many other amenities to wait out the collapse in comfort. These $1.5 – $3 million Survival Condos are sold out now, but a new location is under construction.
Many wealthy people hire Hardened Structures to build them private bunkers, that can cost millions of dollars, and have to be manned and protected by guard staff. Putting a small bunker in your back yard will cost over $100,000. But unless you can guard your air vents and prevent marauders from covering them, and can avoid catching a virus from others sitting next to you in the bunker, this is not a good option.