It seems like these sort of connections will matter more in a doomsday situation than how deep your bunker is. How do these people living in various states plan on even getting to their bunkers in Kansas if the "shit hits the fan", as they say? I think a fair benchmark is Mexico today, where it isn't safe to drive between many cities at night, and on some roads during the day. Not like, "you might hit a deer", but "you might hit a cartel roadblock and be robbed, raped, or murdered". And everybody already knows approximately where the bunkers are. These people had better plan on getting their timing exactly right, or they'd be in for the same.
I think one of the key fallacies that goes on in these circles is that people don't really think through what a catastrophic collapse of civilization looks like. A 2000-mile drive is quite a long trek to take, and attempting it in a post-apocalyptic scenario requires a lot of planning (for example, what are you planning to do for gas, food, rest?). A diesel generator is a lousy power supply in the apocalypse, because diesel is a resource that is going to run out quickly and need to be procured.
For these luxury bunkers, I suspect some of the demand is because they look like assets that might be easier to hide from nosy people like the taxman.
The idea that wealthy and powerful can just jettison themselves from the society they led in the event that things go downhill says a lot about what they actually think about our society.
I'd much rather they built bunkers, them not doing so is just a sign that they're pursuing pipe dreams instead of reality. It's not a lack of commitment to the ideal they're pursuing, it's a recognition that the ideal is rarely achieved fully.
Such a person who can strive for the ideal but plan for the reality of the situation is exactly who I'd want pursuing the ideal on behalf of all of us because they're likely to be both wise and persistent.
> It's not a lack of commitment to the ideal they're pursuing, it's a recognition that the ideal is rarely achieved fully.
But what is actually the ideal here? My initial point was that tech companies talk about making the world a better place, but the jury is still out on whether that's reality for many of them.
Bear in mind that civilizations like the Roman Empire fell largely because the wealthy became too corrupt and inept to govern. In our current environment, what are the largest factors that could precipitate a collapse of our society? Famine due to climate change and massive financial collapse are two of the more likely scenarios, for example.
These bunker builders could do a lot more to prevent these scenarios from happening with the amount of social and financial capital they have. (i.e. hammering home the persistent dangers of climate change, stabilizing income inequality so we don't completely fall into serfdom again, etc.)
But no, they're content making their millions, doing nothing to move society in a positive direction, and building their bunkers because "the poor people chose to be poor", or whatever it is they tell themselves these days.
Keeping hundreds of people working on insurance projects for the super-rich is not the best allocation of funds, and we have the power to change that allocation.
Edit: but for what it's worth, I do spend all my free money on trying to create wealth and jobs for people who don't have it.
Then somewhat into the article: ...'connected the former missile site to the grid'
What for? Got an apocalypse level SLA with Exelon?
Did they bury the lines? And the next substation? Is it guarded?
Will it be if SHTF? What does a little bit of thermite do on top of a transformator? Or a mast?
An angle grinder? Maybe even a saw?
Why not bring some welders and (maybe hotwired) heavy construction equipment to the bunker cracking party? And some dynamite just for kicks?
Smoke bombs and cyanide capsules from M44 traps?
Do they really think they will be the only ones being prepared, organized and stocked, able to wait it out until the unwashed masses dwindled away?
Did they prepare for 40ft snow or volcanic ashes?
What about other, novel extreme weather like ARkStorms?
Remember Offut AFB in March? That wasn't even extreme. Just shit that happened.
Reminds me of my town of birth which had a nuclear bunker in the parking garage of the opera house. Next to a large river. What could go wrong?
Anyways, my take on this is take it like in 2012 (2009)
instead of mutating into the bomb worshippers of
Because  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8fkrPP_0qA
PUSSIES! (just kidding) ;-)