I’m selling multi-million dollar doomsday bunkers and Russia’s nuclear threat is fueling a huge spike in demand
A COMPANY that sells bespoke doomsday bunkers to the wealthy and paranoid says business is booming amid Putin’s threats to start a nuclear war over the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Gary Lynch, chief executive of Texas-based Rising S Company, told The Sun that demand for its survival shelters has soared more than “1000%” since Thursday – the day Russian troops entered Ukraine.
Speaking from a hardware store where he was buying supplies in bulk to meet growing demand, Lynch said: “Business has increased astronomically over the past few days.
“I typically sell between two and six shelters a month – and winter is usually a quiet time for us.
“But I sold five units alone on Thursday, and I’ve already sold two more today – it’s unclear how many more [orders] We will get.
“The phone kept ringing and we sent out so many quotes,” Lynch added.
The five units sold by Rising S Company on the day of the Russian invasion ranged between $70,000 and $240,000.
The company’s bunkers start at a base of $40,000 and can grow into millions of dollars, depending on the wants and needs of the customer.
Interest, Lynch said, has poured in not only from the United States, but also from the rest of the world.
“I received requests from Italy. I’ve had a request from UK, Denmark, Japan, Canada, USA – and it’s only been since the weekend.
“The interest is not just isolated in the United States, it is everywhere.”
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Lynch said the main concerns of his clients and those asking for quotes seem to be the idea that Russia could start invading countries beyond Ukraine, forcing Western allied forces into military action and triggering a “full-fledged world war”.
“And they’re right to be afraid of that,” Lynch said. “Just watch what happens.
“[Vladimir Putin] threat of nuclear war, saying it would be something the world has never seen.
“The world has seen Hiroshima,” he continued, “and if what they threaten is worse than that, then by all means we should all be worried.”
NOT PREPARE, PREPARE TO FAIL
Rising S Company, which has been in business for 20 years, occasionally experiences spikes in activity following nuclear threats or catastrophic natural disasters, Lynch said, but the response to the Ukraine conflict has been somewhat unprecedented, a- he added.
While doomsday preparations are often overlooked as paranoid, gun-toting, right-wing old white men, Lynch said the frightening events in Eastern Europe should be a warning sign for all of us.
“Don’t make fun of or criticize people who have valid fears,” Lynch said, addressing the critics directly. “They want nothing more than to protect their loved ones in a terrible, terrible time.
“The only way to prepare for failure is to not prepare yourself,” he added.
For those who can’t afford a bomb shelter or an underground bunker, Lynch said there are a number of other steps someone can take to increase their chances of survival in the event. nuclear war or other potentially global catastrophe.
John Ramey, a Silicon Valley doomsday prepper and founder of The Prepared, previously outlined to The Sun a number of steps an individual can take to protect themselves and their family from harm.
Curiously, Ramey advises all would-be preppers to “ignore extreme things like nuclear bunkers” and start small, focusing on their biggest risks, which are usually their personal health and finances.
“Once these basics are covered, such as an emergency fund with three months of expenses, you need to ensure that you are able to survive in your home without any utilities or outside help for at least two weeks.
From there, Ramey suggests building an “escape bag” – a bag filled with survival supplies such as food, water, medicine, radios and flashlights – in case of an emergency. emergency requiring rapid evacuation.
Ramey says all responsible members of society should start preparing to some degree, likening preparing for an emergency to buying home insurance or car insurance.
Where many Americans buy home insurance in case their house is on fire or buy car insurance in case of an accident, Ramey says the same logic should be applied to prepare for possible disasters, comparing this to the holding a ” fund for rainy days.”
But for those with the disposable income to splurge on building a bunker in their backyard, Rising S Company offers to build custom steel structures 11 feet underground, which they claim can save lives in the event of natural disasters, nuclear attacks and other apocalyptic events. events.
In the past, customers have included celebrities, professional athletes, tech moguls and politicians, according to the company.
According to the Rising S Company website, they also shipped security shelters to Ukraine for the country’s armed forces and its people, helping to protect them amid a barrage of Russian artillery fire.
“Since late 2019, Rising S Company has been contracted to create several speed shelters that can be built, then dismantled and moved quickly,” the site reads.
“These shelters not only protect Ukrainian forces from Russian attack led by Putin, but can also help when positioning and force are needed quickly and effectively.”
THE CONFLICT CONTINUES
Russian strikes pounded the central square of Ukraine’s second-largest city and other civilian sites on Tuesday in what the country’s president condemned as a blatant campaign of terror by Moscow.
“No one will forgive. No one will forget,” promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Meanwhile, a 40-mile convoy of hundreds of Russian tanks and other vehicles advanced on the capital of Kiev in what the West feared was an attempt to overthrow the Ukrainian government and install a favorable regime. in the Kremlin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces continued their attack on other cities across the country, including in or near the strategic ports of Odessa and Mariupol in the south.
Tuesday marks the sixth day of the biggest ground war in Europe since World War II.
As the conflict continues, Russia finds itself increasingly isolated on the world political stage, its economy thrown into disarray by a series of harsh sanctions imposed on the nation by Western leaders.
PUTIN’S NUCLEAR THREATS
In a televised statement on Sunday, Putin ordered Russian nuclear deterrents to be on high alert, citing “aggressive statements” from NATO countries.
This is the second time Putin has hinted at Russia’s nuclear arsenal while actually warning the West to back down.
In a statement at the start of the invasion, Putin said anyone trying to “hinder us” would face “such consequences as you have never encountered in your history”.
Fear of a nuclear conflict is a big reason why the United States and its NATO allies have so far refrained from sending troops to Ukraine.
President Joe Biden on Monday sought to allay any fears that a nuclear war could break out, saying “no” to a reporter when asked if Americans should be worried.
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