Norway has a global seed bank. It is called the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or the Doomsday Vault, and was built to house up to 2.25 billion seeds that can be used in the event of a catastrophe. The vault opened in February 2008, and currently holds almost three quarters of a million seeds.
The vault was built in 2006 on an Arctic island off the coast of Norway. Over 100 countries have contributed seeds, which are specially packed for preservation. The vault is cold—kept at a temperature of minus eighteen degrees, so some of the seeds will be viable for years, even up to hundreds of years.
The vault is maintained by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which aims to conserve crop diversity and maintain food security. They stress that the seeds aren’t only for a global catastrophe, but can be used at any time. For example, seeds were sent to the Philippines after a fire ravaged their National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory.
Besides this doomsday vault, Norway apparently has underground survival bunkers. But, they’re not the only ones. Russia has built a complex in the Yamantau mountain. It is rumored to have an air filtration system in the event of a nuclear or biological war, and can house up to 60,000 people.
There is also talk about the United States, Australia, Israel, China, as well as other countries, having several underground bunkers in the event of a disaster, many of them supposedly getting ready for December 21, 2012.
Who will get to go into these doomsday vaults? According to some, only the political elite and those who pay thousands of dollars and have tickets to get in. There are indications that families, who can’t afford these tickets or have no means of getting near the vaults, are making their own bunkers and personally preparing for a disaster.
Survival preparation is a good idea, both at home and at work. You never know when catastrophe will strike. And, you don’t know that you can depend on anyone else for help.