Snap shot: Shelter

Shelter varies from the place we call home; to the inside of a doorway on a cold raining night.  People spend more on their shelter, than others make in a lifetime.  When it comes to disasters/emergencies we need to be able to adapt or die. I  will walk you through the levels of shelter to help you understand the concept that it is more than meets the eye.

You mind is the first tool you will use in finding/building shelter.  How strong is your will to live?  How do you deal with cold and hot weather? Do you understand the environment you are in at the time of the situtation? Have you ever watched videos on how to make shelter?  Have you made a shelter before?

In the right environment all of this questions could be mean the difference between life and death.

Next, the colthes you wear will be of great importance.  How many people went out for a stroll and assumed they would not need anything else.  How many of those people died?  If your lost and it’s dark, try to find leaves or anything of value you can stick in your shirt. In a pinch it will add extra layers.

Let us go back to your environment.  What are your dangers? Will you need to shelter off the ground a few feet or fifteen feet?  If you have daylight and you know your not gonna to be going home tonight, start looking for your shelter.  Don’t make this one of your last minute items just before dark.  If your in the valley make damn you will not get caught in a flash flood.

When it comes to materials for shelters, it varies with the landscape.  Keep an eye out for plants that seems to reply water.  Caves are tempting, put you might find that your animal friends have already reserved a spot.

It is vital to your wellbeing to reseach the area you live in. Find out how you would build a shelter for your protection.

Do’s

Put something colorful  on so rescue teams have an better chance to find you.

Have layers for your shelter

Don’t

Try not to lay on bare ground, it will suck your heat from your body.

Stay next to the water.  Bears like water.

Spend extra time on the shelter.  Conserve calories and energy.

 

Tips on making a shelter in the …

Home

Northwest 

Desert 

Swamp

Here are some articles you might find useful:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4453512_build-emergency-shelter-woods.html

http://www.wilderness-survival-skills.com/survivalshelter.html 

http://www.wilderness-survival.net/shelters-2.php

Army Survival Manual

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