Preppers used to be considered outliers in our world. Most people considered the idea of a societal collapse to be… well… crazy, but that’s becoming less and less the case. In fact, the ultra-wealthy are jumping on board with the idea of having a bug out plan with a bug out location as concerns about hostility towards the wealthiest 1% of people increase.
So, if you are a member of the ultra-wealthy, where would you choose to go to be safe?
Apparently, the place of choice is New Zealand (yes, where the Lord of the Rings movies were made). Why? Because it’s not the easiest place to get to and because it’s not a strategic location for military involvement. It also doesn’t hurt that New Zealand doesn’t tend to make enemies of other countries. Michael Snyder writes about these wealthy preppers:
While most of the general population has been lulled into a false sense of security, bankers and tech executives are spending millions upon millions of dollars to prepare for the collapse of society.
Do they know something that the rest of us do not? Apparently talk of doomsday scenarios has become very popular at Silicon Valley dinner parties, and as you will see below, having a plan to escape to New Zealand appears to be a very popular “Plan B” among the tech elite. Of course this is not just a west coast phenomenon. Many bankers on the east coast have similar concerns and have also been developing contingency plans. Ladies and gentlemen, they know what is coming and they are feverishly getting prepared for it. In fact, J.P. Morgan Chase’s head quant just publicly declared that the next financial crisis is going to result in “social unrest not seen in the U.S. in half a century”.
So, maybe you’ve determined that you want New Zealand to be your bug out location. How much are you looking at? Olivia Carville gives us some numbers:
But Vicino is a businessman, and demand dictates he get to work on a bunker on the northern tip of the South Island that would accommodate about 300 people. The price: $35,000 a head.
That’s a bargain compared with the most expensive bunker Lynch’s Rising S has shipped to New Zealand — $8 million.
The two 1,000-square-foot bunkers sent earlier this year had to be divided into sections and loaded onto 19 tractor-trailers to start the trek from Texas, he said.
One landed in Picton, across the Cook Strait from Wellington, to be transported to a sleepy town on the West Coast. The other arrived at Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor and settled into the dirt somewhere in Northland, a rugged region fringed by wild beaches.
A spokeswoman for the New Zealand Customs Service declined to confirm that the bunkers had arrived in the country, citing privacy reasons.
It takes about two weeks to excavate the land and bury the average bunker, Lynch said. It’s all done secretly so local residents aren’t aware. Once installed, passersby would have no way of knowing it’s there.
“There’s no clue left behind, not even a door,” Lynch said.
It’s a nice situation to find yourself in, if you have the spare cash. Either way, the concern that the ultra-wealthy are showing may make you think about changing your bug out location to something more like a hobbit hole, even if you aren’t going to be in New Zealand. The camouflage of having only a door (or not even that viewable) along with extra protection from elements (and, maybe, radiation) due to being underground make that option worth considering.
So, if you have a few million dollars, you may want to go to New Zealand. Or you may simply choose to build underground here.