(NaturalNews) A Florida-based Army Navy store has taken survivalism to a whole new level with a 32-foot-long yellow pipe it recently began selling as a type of "doomsday bunker." WKMG Local 6 News in Orlando reports that Al's Army Navy Store in Altamonte Springs is now selling the pipe, which is designed to be buried 20 feet underground for protection from tornadoes, hurricanes, and other disasters, for the price of $59,900, which does not include installation.
The shelter, which measures 32 feet by 10 feet, is designed out of corrugated metal, and comes complete with a flat-screen television set, kitchen, bunk beds, and electric-powered toilet. And although the structure lacks a shower, its creators say it could still come in quite handy should a local, regional, or even national emergency call for hunkering down and riding out the fray underground and out of sight.
"We like to call it the fear factor -- just kind of preparing for something that [you] can't really put a finger on it, but [you] want to be ready for whatever may or may not happen," said Jeremy Ross, assistant manager at Al's, about the shelter, which is officially known as an Atlas Survival Shelter.
Besides offering protection from storms and other potential natural disasters, the shelter also reportedly withstands more serious threats such as bomb blasts, as well as nuclear, chemical, and biological disasters, according to its California-based manufacturer. And in the event that an evacuation from the tube is prudent, shelter residents have access to both a front and back entry for easy escape and entry.
"All our shelters have escape tunnels with concealed hatches and mud rooms with a lockable, laser cut interior door at the bulkhead," writes Atlas Survival Shelters about the pipe on its website. "The escape tunnel and reverse hatch will guarantee that you always have a second way out of your shelter in case a tornado dumps debris on your main hatch."
According to the company, any customer that buys a shelter will also receive 10 acres of free land in a 100,000 acre secret development in the Arizona desert. The development is said to feature access to well water, and is being marketed as a refuge for establishing relationships with "like-minded neighbors with the same interests and concerns as you." (http://www.atlassurvivalshelters.com/freeland/)
"I think it's definitely got a lot of advantages that I would like to have," said William Dent, a potential shelter customer, to the Orlando Sentinel. "You never know what's going to happen."