What would you do with $65,000?

A lot of people talk about being prepared. Peter Larson really does something about it. The Utah resident has constructed a $65,000 bunker in the mountains that he plans to use with his family should a nuclear holocaust or some other major disaster occur that would make living above ground dangerous for a period of time.

The bunker is located 20 feet underground. Supported by corrugated steel, it’s 50 feet long and 10 feet in diameter. It’s packed with provisions of food and other survival items, including knives, guns and other weapons. Larson has about 2,000 gallons of water stored outside the bunker. He keeps about $2,000 worth of cash in small bills and approximately $10,000 worth of gold rings and other jewelry in case he ever needs to barter with anyone for goods or services.

Also included in the bunker is an elaborate air filtration system and an escape hatch in case the entrance is ever blocked once his family is inside. Larson’s motto is that he’s fearful of nothing because he’s prepared for anything. He wants his family to be part of the rebuilding of society should a nuclear war or other disaster cause mass destruction of life and property.

Check out this excellent CNN video report on Larson’s bunker. I think you’ll find it fascinating!


Do you think it makes sense to put that much time, money and effort into preparing for a nuclear disaster that would necessitate living underground for a period of time? If so, what do you think of Larson’s bunker? If you had his resources, how would your bunker be different from his?  I’d love to hear your responses.


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