LOS ANGELES – Ron Hubbard, the media savvy CEO of Atlas Survival Shelters, upped the ante for bunker company competition by launching what could be the first survival shelter costing less than $20,000.
Calling it The Bombnado Disaster Shelter, Hubbard said the combination shelter is designed for new or existing homes, and features an American-made nuclear, biological and chemical air filtration system, 160 cubic feet of storage underneath laminated flooring, and collapsible bunks.
“This fills a void in the market because it is a bunker for under $20,000 and it can be retrofitted under existing houses,” Hubbard said. “Bombnado is ground breaking, giant news for the industry because it’s a great bomb shelter with all the big shelter features for 10 percent of the cost.”
The least expensive version of the Bombnado is the 8-foot x 8-foot model. Starting at $18,999, it includes a bunk bed, toilet and air filtration system. The next-sized shelter includes a couch, and more room by measuring 8-feet x 10-feet. It costs $19,999. More expensive models are larger with additional features.
Hubbard says The Bombnado is built to standards set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Originally published in 1999 for “design and construction of storm shelters,” the FEMA guidelines were updated in March 2015. That edition, FEMA P-361, is specifically geared to “safe rooms for hurricanes and tornadoes.”
Even though Bombnado is a separate brand, it is backed by the Atlas Survival Shelters resources and expertise.
Other common features for the various models include a discreet 3-foot x 3-foot hatch installed flush with the ground, a custom fabricated ladder entry, and an 8-ton hydraulic hatch lift for emergency egress.
On his LinkedIn page, Hubbard calls it an “all-in-one safe room, tornado shelter, gun vault, wine cellar” and fallout shelter.
The list price does not include shipping or installation. Customers can expect installation for a new construction house to cost approximately $2,000, and up to $6,000 for a retro fit on an existing home. Freight is around $1,000.
The company will finance 100 percent of the costs for qualified buyers.
Atlas is recruiting dealers nationwide to sell and install its products. Prospects must have experience in the storm shelter industry, new-home construction, or excavation experience in related fields such as septic tanks and swimming pools.
“The Bombnado may be an excellent and lucrative opportunity for a business looking to grow their offered services and products,” Hubbard said. More information is available at bombnado.com, or call 1-844-NEW-SHELTER.