Everybody has a different idea on what the apocalypse will be like, whether it be laser-blasting aliens invading earth to plunder its natural resources or viral-triggered hordes of staggering zombies looking to nosh on human brains. But regardless of which outcome will eventually manifest itself, extinction-level events also conjure up desperate notions of how to deal with the end of days.

Here's a clue. Hiding in your basement may provide you hours of safety at best. You'll buy more time if you're able to beat the traffic jams leading out of the cities, especially urban areas with inherent dangers of their own. You could aim for refuge on a remote island, although many of those might pose hazards to new unprepared residents.


What you should be looking for is a destination equipped to ride out the world-ending disaster. In the case of nuclear fallout or an asteroid strike, it should have enough supplies to last until conditions are likely to improve enough to leave your sanctuary.

And while there are dozens of locations that could withstand a fatal global beating, we've narrowed it down these five options.

Hunker Down In Cheyenne Mountain

Here's a suggestion: Enlist yourself in the U.S. Air Force and hope you get stationed in Colorado, home of the best ski resorts in the U.S., and the location of Cheyenne Mountain. You won't be schussing down that slope, however. Rather, you be working beneath the mountain under 2,500 feet of granite rock, where a huge military complex is ready to kick into gear when the worst of the worst happens.

The rock is strong enough to shield the command center from a meteor strike or nuclear bomb and is thick enough to block electromagnetic waves that could otherwise wreak havoc with the computers inside the military sanctuary.

A 25-ton steel door protects the Cheyenne Mountain Complex personnel from the outside world, while the occupants inside monitor any potential threats to the U.S. and keep tabs on maneuvers going on worldwide. And on top of all that, the facility has stored up to six million gallons of water and half a million gallons of diesel should things really go bad.

New Heights In Lesotho's Kingdom Of The Sky

Africa has no shortage of natural wonders to behold during less tenuous times, but when survival is paramount, one of the most breathtaking areas on the continent could serve as a natural refuge. In short, heading for the hills has never seemed so exotic as this high-altitude hangout in the tiny Kingdom of Lesotho.

Lush vegetation means plenty of water with ample plant life and wild animals for those wanting to survive in an idyllic paradise in the southern part of the continent. Its location is perfect since it's about as far away as you can get from any fault lines on land, meaning if you have a morbid aversion to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanos, this is the place to be.

To escape those types of disasters, Lesotho is perfect. But not even this kingdom can protect you from an all-out nuclear war or a major meteor strike. That said, if you want to go out in heavenly surroundings, you couldn't pick a better spot.

Lay Really Low In Georgia's Krubera Cave

In prehistoric times, caves were the first known shelters for our predecessors and if history as we know it is on the wane, caves—especially really large ones—might be our last resort once again. It's why this particular underground refuge in the former Soviet republic of Georgia might turn out to be our best defence from all that raining down from above.

Krubera Cave is the deepest cave that we know of, with a drop of 7,200 feet before you get to the heart of the cavern. It's estimated to be at least eight miles long, which might be big enough for a small city of survivors to sit out the carnage on the surface. And water won't be an issue. There's plenty to go around, including one source cascading from an underground waterfall.

Naturally, you'll need to bone up on your mountain climbing and spelunking skills, since accessing Krubera is no walk in the park. But bring lots of food and plenty of flashlights and batteries as there's no natural light source that deep into the earth.

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Connect With History In Churchill's WWII Hangout

The problem with places designed to withstand the apocalypse is that there's no way to really test them for the real thing. But there are a few of them that come close, including this underground bunker located beneath London, unbeknownst to the massive array of celebs partying on the surface.

It's called the Cabinet War Rooms, better known to locals as Down Street where Prime Minister Winston Churchill held court and planned strategy during the Second World War. Thanks to a five-foot concrete barrier, the government bunker survived the German aerial assault of bomber runs and V2 missiles and exists today as a tourist destination for war buffs.

But there's no telling whether it might be needed for another run of the real thing.

If You're Rich Enough, Anywhere Vivos Can Build A Shelter

Those living in places that are terrorist havens, ruled by gangs or are on the brink of civil war probably have their own survival contingency plans. But those with money to burn probably want to invest in something designed to withstand any imaginable catastrophe.

Enter Vivos, a private bunker builder that can customize a foolproof sanctuary for your family for as little as $35,000. These homesteads designed to withstand anything from nuclear war to polar shifts have arch-shaped interiors, the strongest design shape possible. With living areas averaging about 2,000 square feet, the doomsday bunkers come with concrete and steel foundations and supports, blast-proof doors and high-tech ventilation systems.

While Vivos apparently have some financing options available, there's no indication of a money-back guarantee.

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