MONTEBELLO, CA (FOX 11) - The president of a bomb shelter company in Montebello tells FOX 11 he can barely keep up with demand as fears about nuclear war with North Korea intensify.
"It's crazy, I've never seen anything like it," Ron Hubbard, president of Atlas Survival Shelters said. "It's all over the country. I sold shelters today in North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington, arizona, California."
Hubbard said he has seen spikes in business before when there were concerns about the world ending in 2012 and when ISIS came to power, but never anything like this.
"It's all North Korea, the banter going back and forth between Kim Jong Un and Donald trump is making world news, I mean these guys are making serious threats," he said. "We're trying to mass produce shelters and actually keep them in stock, but when we have a day like yesterday when we have a line out the door, our inventory got depleted rather quickly."
Hubbard told FOX 11 that prices range from $10,000 to $100,000 depending on the size and quality of the shelters.
They are buried 20 feet underground, and people can live in them up to a year if necessary.
"They can stay a year in that bunker, but there's no reason to stay in a bunker longer than 28 days, after 28 days 99% of the fallout will decay back into the earth," he said.
Hubbard said he sells his $50,000 shelters the most, because they can be buried in a basic backyard.
He had to recently build a manufacturing plant in Dallas just to try and keep up with demand.
Hubbard told FOX 11 he has sold more than 30 units in just the past couple of days, and even has customers in Japan, all thanks to the tensions with North Korea.
"Yes, it is good for business but I'd never wanna see a shelter get tested and used that way," he said.