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Main Living Area - Vivos Shelter

The Vivos group manages a community of underground shelters that can withstand a nuclear blast and are ready for a variety of end-of-the-world scenarios. This is a drawing of the main living area in a Vivos shelter.

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Above-Ground Portion - Vivos Shelter

This is the above-ground portion of one of the Vivos shelters.

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Looking Down Underground Bunker Entrance

Bruce Beach of Ontario, Canada, looks down a shaft in his underground shelter. Beach has been anticipating the end of the world for nearly 50 years and has built an underground bunker out of 43 full-size school buses, which he calls the Ark Two.

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Bruce Beach in the Ark Two

Everyone in Bruce Beach’s Ark Two is on a 12-hour on/off sleep cycle.

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Preparing for the End of the World

Members of the Southwick family in Utah demonstrate their readiness to survive a biological attack.

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Prepper in Biological and Chemical Protective Gear

Taja Braxton, 16, wears equipment to keep infections at bay.

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Peter Larson and Family in Underground Shelter

Peter Larson enjoys downtime with his family in their underground bunker, which they use as a weekend getaway. Larson is prepping for a post-nuclear holocaust world. He has built a bunker that can hold 12 of his family members.

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Paul Range's Survival Fortress

Paul Range built his house — a fortress, really — out of nine shipping containers. He feels the design will be easier to defend than a traditional house.

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Paul Range's Food Stockpile

Paul Range has stockpiled 50,000 pounds of food in case the North and South Poles swap places, resulting in dramatic climate changes and natural disasters.

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Paul Range's Survival Livestock

Paul Range feeds his livestock. He keeps animals to eat in case food becomes scarce.

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Testing Homestead for Radiation

Steven Vanasse checks for radiation near his Houston home several times a month. He works for a company that assesses contaminated sites throughout Texas, and he fears the possibility of radiation from a dirty bomb.

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Creating a Self-Sustainable Lifestyle

Allen and his neighbor Franco have a friendly rivalry. Each believes he is more ready for doomsday than his neighbor. They have their own aquaponic systems and maintain gardens and greenhouses in order to create a self-sustainable lifestyle.

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Inspecting the Aquaponic Food Production System

Allen and Franco discuss possible improvements to their aquaponic systems. They want to be ready for a possible breakdown of the world food system.

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Learning Critical Survival Skills

Michael Douglas of Augusta, Maine, dries an animal skin. The Douglas family has learned survival skills like hunting, gathering food and building shelter.

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Preparing for a Security Drill

John Adrain is a successful inventor living in the Pacific Northwest who fears a wide range of disasters. Here, he prepares for a security drill.

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