THIS SUMMER ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS…WITH A BACK-UP PLAN
One of the most critical skills our ancestors mastered is one that most of us rarely think about; much less know how to do – building an adequate shelter in an emergency situation. You’ve likely heard in the news, situations that have cropped up when a simple afternoon adventure turned in to a serious emergency. As you plan your summer outings this year, keep in mind some of the situations that can—and do—arise when least expected:
- Hiking – flash floods, sudden blizzards and becoming lost are just a few surprises that can turn a day hike into a serious overnight adventure.
- Off-Road Vehicles – if it has an engine, it will eventually breakdown. Your ability to construct a safe shelter could make a prolonged breakdown a bearable—if not survivable—situation.
- Hunting & Fishing Trips – many a hunter and fisherman or woman have found themselves stranded and lost after the adrenaline of maneuvering through the backcountry to pursue their game leaves them well off the beaten path.
- Sightseeing – it’s easy to wonder away from your group when taking in the sights of an unfamiliar locale. Knowing how to construct a temporary shelter can buy you valuable time for rescue teams to locate you.
Constructing a survival shelter is an easy-to-learn and invaluable way to help you survive an emergency situation that arises even in the most unexpected situations.
There are a few crucial points to remember when considering where to build. First, consider a location that will help you conserve energy. For example, if you are going to need natural materials like sticks and leaves for your shelter, make sure you choose a location near those materials. Also, try to position yourself near a water source but not directly on it (so you can avoid any possibly flooding issues). If you choose to set up under a large tree, make sure you avoid setting up under trees with dead branches. They can come down in the slightest of wind. Finally, consider factors like what direction the wind blows in your shelter site so you can avoid having smoke engulf your shelter. Following these few simple tips can improve your emergency survival situation. For more tips on choosing a survival shelter location, check out www.thesurvivalmom.com.
The good news is that there are many different types of survival shelters, so you can determine which type will offer the best protection to you based on your surroundings, the weather, and the materials available to you. Here are a few shelters to become familiar with:
- Lean-To: A lean-to is one of the simplest and most frequently constructed primitive shelters. Meant to protect against wind and rain, it can be set up in less than an hour with a variety of materials. It’s a great option as a temporary shelter while you take the time to build a sturdier shelter.
- Round Lodge: Part tipi and part wicki-up, a round lodge can block wind, rain, cold, and sun. It can also accommodate a small fire for light and heat, since it typically has a small hole at the top.
- Ramada: A ramada is made with four posts, some lightweight beams, and some type of canopy to block out the sun. This type of shelter is most suitable for dry, hot climates, since it won’t protect against rain.
- Wedge Tarp: With its 5 tie down points, the wedge tarp provides an aerodynamic shape that should resist even the most biting wind and driving rain. As an added bonus, this shelter can also serve as a water collector at the same time!
- Tarp Wing: This unconventional tarp configuration is a great shelter solution that can, depending on the size of the tarp, give you great rain/sun protection over a large area.
- Tarp Tipi: A tarp tipi only requires a bit of rope, some poles, and a tarp, and is one of the most versatile and mobile shelters. It’s so versatile and easy to put together that you may want to keep all of the supplies in a kit next to all of your other survival emergencies supplies.
- A-Frame Tarp Shelter: A-frame shelters are a tarp design that go up fast and give great coverage against rain and wind, when built close to the ground.
- Wickiup: A wickiup is similar to a tipi, but is made from poles, brush and vegetation, and is best used in climates with occasional rain or hot, dry climates.
- Leaf Hut: A leaf hut is a two-sided, wedge-shaped lean-to with much better weatherproofing and insulating qualities.
Depending on the climate and environment you live in, it might be best to have some shelter materials assembled into a type of shelter kit that is easy to travel with, so you know you always have a way to construct a shelter, if necessary.
Shelter PLUS Food & Water
Knowing how to build a shelter to protect you and your family from the elements is invaluable in the face of an emergency. This summer, don’t take food and water for granted and make sure you are well prepared. Here are two light weight, compact, and easy-to-carry solutions: Augason Farms 72 Hour 1 Person Emergency Food Pail (weighs just 4 pounds, available at select Macey’s) and the Survival Spring Compact Water Filter (only 2 ounces, available through Augason Farms).
Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. They’ve been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!