There are two
types of membership options in the Vivos
You may be a
Monthly Member with complete
usage and access rights in exchange for an
ongoing per person monthly membership fee;
You may be a
Member of the shelter for
a one-time purchase amount based on the size of
your RV or living quarters. Monthly Members receive a Membership
ID Card activate
for the term that they pay their monthly
membership fee. Co-Owner Members
receive a recorded and numbered
Co-Ownership Certificate in the shelter
association that owns the shelter. A
may be resold, gifted or willed to your
heirs at any time, subject to the terms and
conditions of the association Bylaws and
Rules and Regulations.
How do I
make a reservation ?
Once approved by
Vivos, we will provide you with a
Reservation Agreement to reserve your space
within the shelter. Making a reservation, locks in both a space
for your family or group, and the current
pricing. We do anticipate price
increases as each phase of construction is
completed, and/or our costs go up. At
a later date, you will be provided a full set
of membership documents, including a complete
due-diligence package containing the
association bylaws, shelter security
procedures, rules and regulations, plans and
Do I need my
own recreational vehicle to be allowed access?
Member is required to provide
their own RV or accommodations for their
private living quarters. Your RV can be any
length, and as basic or luxurious as you
Can I be an
member without owning an RV?
Yes. For those
that donít have an RV to bring to the shelter, you may
purchase a fully-furnished Vivos Suite for families of 2 to 8 people; or, a
Vivos Tent Cabin that you may furnish
spacious suites and tent cabins will provide you with
most of the comforts of home. See:
recommend a suitable RV?
have arranged with a local area RV dealer
that has a
large selection of RVís of different sizes and
accommodations. You are welcome to purchase
your RV from this dealer, with
financing subject to a good credit score.
Can I park
my RV permanently inside the shelter?
Yes. You can leave it there permanently, or
come and go as you please as long as you are
an active Member.
What is the
price per person for co-ownership and
access with an RV?
Pricing is not based on
a per person rate, but on the length of the
recreational vehicle that those people will
sleep in. See:
finance my co-ownership interest?
Yes. Financing is available when and where
necessary due to hardship, subject to an ability to
repay the loan.
Terms are also determined on a case by case
basis. Monthly membership interests do
not require financing as they are structured
on a pay-as-you go basis.
Are food and
toiletries included in the membership price?
No. There is a
per person food and toiletries supply charge assessed
at the time of your membership purchase. The charge is currently $1,500 per
person. This is used by the shelter
association to purchase a one-year
supply of freeze-dried food, meats,
condiments, toiletries and other supplies
your consumption during an actual shelterization
event. All food and supplies are stored in
the general warehouse within the
shelter and become community property for
all members to share and share
alike. Pricing the food on this basis is
considered the fairest system for all
parties, e.g. an RV with only one person,
should not be charged the same as an RV with
a family of four.
The food charge
is a one-time charge, until the food
expires (about a 25-year shelf life), at
which time, if not already utilized, there
will be an assessment to all members for the
resupply of food.
When is the
number of people to be included in my group
At the time of
purchase of your membership
interest. You will be required to advise the
names, ages and sex of each member
of your family or group. This group may be
increased or reduced at anytime. Each person will be
issued a unique membership identity card required for
access into the shelter. You may not bring
extra people with you to the shelter that
have not been previously charged for their
respective food supplies and do not have an
official Membership ID card.
What are the ongoing
charges/fees once I become a member?
Monthly Members do not pay
an additional association fee, as this
amount is already included in the monthly
Membership fee. Co-Owner Members
will pay an ongoing
charge for association fees incurred pre-lock down.
These will include: utilities, taxes, insurance,
security, basic supplies, etc. These fees are still being determined, but
expected to be about $3.00 per foot
of length of your RV or Vivos Suite, per month.
are provided within the shelter for my
Power and water
are provided for lighting, sink and bathroom
use. Sewage is pumped out of your tank on an
as-needed basis. Amperage is limited
to prohibit use of a microwave or stove.
On board bathrooms should not be used for
showering, as this will cause the sewage
tank to fill up more frequently. Members
will be encouraged to use the private
shelter bathrooms and showers located
throughout the complex.
Tent Cabins do
not include any water or sewage for a
Can I operate
my own air-conditioning system?
No. The power consumption of each member
running their air-conditioning will be too
great for our power generation. However, the
entire shelter is maintained with clean,
conditioned air at a comfortable room
temperature making it unnecessary to
additionally condition each living quarters independently.
Can I cook
inside my living quarters?
Propane and all fuels are removed from the
vehicle before entering the shelter. The
power circuit provided to your living
quarters will be limited
to enough amps to power lighting only.
Turning on a microwave or electric stove
burner will trip the circuit
be fire controls?
habitable areas of the shelter will have
fire sprinklers to help suppress any fires.
In addition, we will have a fire pump truck
and other fire fighting equipment for
controlling virtually any hazard. The
complex includes 2 hour concrete fire walls
and automatic doors throughout to help
contain a fire within its zone. All members
will be taught CPR and fire
prevention/safety techniques by certified
fire and EMS professionals. The best way to
avoid fires is to eliminate their sources.
For this reason, no cooking or smoking is allowed
within your living quarters, or any
other form of open flame or ignition.
people may sleep in my living quarters?
may have as many people as the
manufacturer recommends for comfortable
sleeping. Remember, you will be sharing the
space with this group for an extended period
of time, so comfort is important. Be certain
your living quarters are large enough to
accommodate your intended group.
Can I arrive
with my RV at the last moment before the
blast doors are locked down?
Yes, but be aware that there may be a line
of other members also trying to
drive their RVís into the shelter. Each RV
will go through an inspection and
preparation process including the draining
and removal of all fuels and propane tanks.
This process requires time that may not be
possible at the Ďmoment of truthí. For this
reason, many families with their own RV are
opting to purchase a Vivos Suite that will
permanently remain in place in the shelter,
thereby allowing them to continue to use
their RV away from the shelter.
Do I get to
choose where I want my living quarters to be
placed inside the shelter?
There are no
preferred locations. All spaces will be
designated on a first come, first serve
basis. Some members may prefer to
be away from the hustle and bustle, while
others may opt to be closer to the shelter
bathrooms, dining or other areas.
the shelter be completed?
shelter already exists. The Vivos
retrofitting and outfitting is being
completed on a phased basis, with the
critical life-support equipment and fixtures
having a priority. Each phase of
construction will be completed as
memberships are sold. The first phase is
scheduled for completion in 2014. This phase
is the most critical, providing the life
safety infrastructure systems, from blast
doors, to dehumidification, power
generation, fuel storage, water wells,
sewage systems, fire suppression systems,
lighting, critical amenities and more. Upon
completion of the first phase, these
elements will be completed and the shelter
will be fully operational. Once
completed, expansion will continue
progressively, until build-out is completed. It is our
goal to have the entire shelter completed by
Will all of
the amenities and recreational activities be
completed during the first phase?
No. Certain amenities and features will be
added as each phase is completed. At
complete build out, all promoted amenities
and activities will be completed and
operational. However, in fairness to
those members that have purchased their
interest in an earlier phase, our pricing is
expected to be increased as each subsequent
phase is completed.
shelter have fulltime management and
Yes. Due to the scale
of this complex, Vivos will provide fulltime
onsite management, security and maintenance
for the life of the project. These
individuals and their families will live on
the property and be paid a salary for their
services from the ongoing association dues,
paid by all members.
Why isn't this
shelter location secret like other Vivos
Due to the massive
size of this shelter and the number of
members that will co-own it, we determined
that it would be impossible to keep the
location a secret. With as many as
5,000 members within the shelter, we
anticipate 10% to 20% will be available for
security duty. It will be virtually
impossible for anyone to enter upon the
property, or access the shelter, who is not
an official member.
available to preview the shelter before
Yes. Tours are scheduled,
for serious and qualified parties.
When can I
visit and stay at the shelter?
You may visit and stay at the shelter
anytime you desire, but you may not live
there fulltime prior to any lockdown.
Most families will make this their vacation
destination many times per year. The shelter
is also being operated as a resort, allowing
members to visit and stay as often as they
wish. It is our goal to have hundreds of
members there on any given weekend, enjoying
the amenities and activities of the shelter
and the historic town of Atchison.
This will also allow members to meet and get
to know each other, creating bonds and a
true sense of community.
services will be available before a lockdown
All completed services
will be available to members to
utilize. However, none of the long-term shelterization supplies may be consumed
before a lockdown event. Members will be required to bring their own food and
toiletries for consumption during any pre-lockdown
visit or stay.
operate and provide services in the shelter?
Members themselves will provide
in-kind services to each other. Those
medical skills will staff the medical
clinic, while cooks and chefs will staff the kitchen areas,
stylists in the
hair salon, military and police will join the
shelter security force, and so on. Pre-lockdown
availability of services in each area will
be subject to the attendance and willingness
of the members with their respective
Will I be
required to work or provide services?
is purely voluntary, however, most members will enjoy having something to
contribute and do during both their visits
and potential utilization of the shelter.
Can I bring
friends to the shelter pre-lockdown?
members are allowed on the
property and inside the shelter.
Yes. You may bring a
reasonable number of household pets with
you. They may stay with you,
or be kept in the pet kennels, subject to our Pet Policy:
and linens supplied by Vivos?
No. Unlike other Vivos shelters,
members are required to bring their own towels, linens and clothing
(for all seasons). The shelter will have
free laundry facilities for ongoing use.
How is trash
collected and disposed?
lockdown, trash will be picked up from large
containers located throughout the shelter
and disposed of through the city trash
services. After lockdown, trash will be
collected and compressed, then stored in
remote sections of the shelter. However,
since no new materials will be brought into
the shelter after lockdown, the volume of
disposable material is actually reduced from
its former stored volume.
bicycles, ATVís, watercraft,
horses or other recreational equipment
provided by Vivos.
are required to provide their own equipment
while at the shelter. Vivos provides the
infrastructure and facilities for the use of
your Ďtoysí. Members are encouraged to bring
their bicycles, golf carts, roller skates
and even skateboards to get around within
Can I park
my car inside the shelter?
This is a shelter, not a parking lot. All
personal vehicles will be provided a parking
space outside the shelter.
Can I bring
a gun to Vivos?
Yes, but you cannot
carry it within the shelter, nor store it within
your living quarters. All weapons must be stored in the
Vivos Armory, under the control of our Security
Team. For the
safety and security of all members, possessing a weapon within the
shelter, without authorization, shall be
grounds for eviction! Only members of the Security Team
will have access to weapons anywhere on the
property (above or below ground). Kansas
is a very "gun" - 2nd Amendment friendly state.
See this review of
Can I bring
my RV there now?
You may bring
your vehicle to the shelter once you have
closed escrow and purchased your membership interest.