OPINION: Yet Another Bunker Story – Rich homeowners buying peace of mind with panic rooms, security systems

The last month or so has seen a lot of news stories in various media outlets about the highest end shelter market and who is planning, installing, or using the most premium of available shelter technology in preparing for possible threats in the future to families, belongings, and investments for the wealthy. The following article comes from Forbes.com, and  mentions a lot of technological marvels in home shelters, panic rooms, and overall home security systems.

You may ask, why am I sharing stories about the rich using EVERYTHING available to stay safe, when most of us are doing with just the most basic of home security systems, and potential expedient shelter options?

Well, for one thing, there are a LOT of ideas included in the article that are worthy of further investigation…because while the most expensive hardware and software they might be using can be duplicated for a fraction of the price THEY pay, by shopping, researching, and finding alternatives that accomplish the same end goal of the overall system, you can have the same safety and security with an investment of your time and much smaller portions of your hard earned income.

So, with that in mind, read the following article, take some notes, and let’s talk about alternatives to Rich People’s Survival Space.

Oh, and please comment if you feel so inclined.


Rich homeowners buying peace of mind with panic rooms, security systems

Wealthy families are opting for everything from pepper spray sprinklers to luxurious bunkers to protect themselves from burglars, natural disasters and nuclear war.

Billionaires are taking home security to a new level.

Affluent Americans are transforming their mansions into apocalypse-proof abodes with secret passageways and hidden panic rooms built to withstand every kind of disaster and attacker imaginable.

Al Corbi’s California home, for example, has a security system straight out of a sci-fi flick, according to a Forbes report. He and his family rely on biometric recognition software instead of keys, have a system that unleashes disorienting smoke or debilitating gas at the first sign of unwanted company, and can seek solace in a bunker that doubles as a wine cellar.

Even walls can serve as secret doors to panic rooms and secret bunkers.

“If you saw this stuff in a movie you would think it is all made up,” Corbi told Forbes.

Wealthy homeowners are sparing no expense when it comes to outfitting their homes with the latest James Bond-like gadgets.

Some are going beyond the fingerprint scan and installing software from companies like FST21 that use facial and voice recognition as well as behavioral biometrics to unlock doors.

Others are using infrared cameras like those from FLIR Systems that can detect humans in hiding places anywhere from one to 15 kilometers away, depending on the model, Forbes reported.

 Pepper spray shooting Burglar Blasters can be installed into ceilings and walls to stop would-be crooks in their tracks.

Smoke machines are another popular security addition. The Corbis family’s system can release fog designed to confuse an intruder, or a noxious gas with effects that last up to 24 hours.

Millionaires are also buying unparalleled peace of mind by having panic rooms, hidden passageways and emergency bunkers added to their homes.

In true Scooby-Doo fashion, any shelf or wall could open to reveal a secret living space that could withstand natural or man-made catastrophes.

Companies like Creative Home Engineering have built all kinds of covert portals that appear behind revolving fireplaces or rotating bookcases. Its engineers have even rigged some so they open when a certain book is pulled from the shelf or a specific chess piece is moved to a spot on the board.

American Saferoom Door Company specializes in bullet-resistant doors with electromagnetic locks. The company sells between 50 to 75 doors, which start at $20,000 a piece, every year, founder Gary Paster told Forbes.

Corbi’s Hollywood Hills house also serves as a model for his security firm, Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments (SAFE).

The center of the home, where the bedrooms are located, sits inside a ballistic-proof suite called a “safe core.”

There is also a rooftop helipad for emergency getaways. And, if those aren’t safe, the family can go to that wine cellar bunker that has food, medical necessities and its own water supply.

Corbi told Forbes he has designed luxurious SAFE bunkers that have their own spas, movie theaters and restaurants.

“These are things you would want to have personally, so right now it’s an ultimate entertainment area,” he said, “but if there was a disaster you could go there and stay for a long time.”

But how long is “a long time?” Corbi estimates that families could survive in the best bunkers for up to three generations.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/luxury-bunkers-secret-passages-wealthy-article-1.1536319#ixzz2mXWZG0sa

Updated: December 4, 2013 — 6:04 pm

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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