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A Southern California company is building luxury survivalist bunkers complete with wide-screen TVs, plumbing, and bunk-beds. ...
They start at about $65 thousand dollars and that doesn't include the cost of digging a big enough hole. (Sept. 9)
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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP Clients OnlyMontebello, Calif. - August 12, 20131. Tight, welding sparks fly2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Hubbard, Founder, Atlas Survival Shelters "We started manufacturing underground bomb shelters in 2011. But I've been a prepper long before that."3. Wide, long cylindrical survival shelter made out of corrugated galvanized steel "This is galvanized corrugated pipe."4. Medium, follow Hubbard through bunker SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Hubbard, Owner, Atlas Survival Shelters "Basically we're inside a 10-foot diameter, 51-foot long Atlas Survival Shelter."5. Tight, water faucet and escape hatch SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Hubbard, Atlas Survival Shelters "It has all the comforts of home except you're 20 feet underground."6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Hubbard, Owner, Atlas Survival Shelters"You've got a couch, a dinner table, desk, big-screen TV, fridge, microwave."7. Medium, Hubbard lifts seat on toilet SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Hubbard, Owner, Atlas Survival Shelters "You've got your regular flushing toilet, vanity, bathtub, shower."8. Medium, Hubbard winding hand-powered generator 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Hubbard, Survivalist"The shelters are like a yacht going off to sea. They're self-sustaining. They have their own generator, solar power, generators."9. Medium, pan from TV to leather couch10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Hubbard, Emergency "prepper""This shelter here has bunk room for 8. You've got storage room underneath the bed for all the personal inhabitants. This is nice too - you have all your storage for all the food underneath the floors."11. Tight, Hubbard closes floor storage12. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Hubbard, Owner, Atlas Survival Shelters "When you're underground for 90 days - the longest I've spent underground was 11 days. One thing you need is normalcy. You need to be able to get away from the other people in the shelter so you want to have the shelter sectioned off into rooms. So I have a bathroom, a bunk room, a living room and a master bedroom in the shelter here."13. Tight and low, 4 bunk beds14. Wide, Hubbard stands in doorway of bunker under construction in his warehouse 16. Tight, worker welds bar to exterior of bunker.15. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Hubbard, Owner, Atlas Survival Shelters "California is the one state that will not issue a building permit usually for an underground survival shelter. It's been very difficult. So pretty much all the bunkers I make do go out of state."16. Medium, Hubbard shuts door of bunker from inside17. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Hubbard, Atlas Survival Shelters"No, I don't have one in California. If the stuff hits the fan, I'm screwed in California. I'm trying to get out of here as fast as I can. My shelter's in Texas."18. Tight, Hubbard shuts and latches bunker doorSTORYLINE:Ron Hubbard, who runs Atlas Survival Shelters near Los Angeles, ships most of his luxury bunkers out of state.Unlike Cold War-era shelters, he builds ones that are half the length of a basketball court and have a master bedroom, dining nook and a couch to watch a 47-inch flat screen TV.Hubbard says his phones rang nonstop last December as people attempted to prepare for the end of the world that never came. A 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar passed by, sans disaster. The Perseid meteors soaring through the sky last month had customers calling him constantly, looking for a way to stay safe in case one hit Earth _ even though its an annual celestial event. He insists his customers are practical people _ not radical doomsday preppers.This next generation of bunkers comes as many survivalists face heightened concerns of a terrorist attack, economic meltdown and for some, even solar flares or meteor showers. "I'm not fear mongering," Hubbard said, standing beside a $65,000 shelter in his warehouse.