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Shelter Building

There might come a time when having the knowledge and skill to build a survival shelter will save your life and the lives of your family.  Protecting yourself from the harsh elements and/or hiding from gangs can be a matter of life and death.

In an earlier article, I wrote about knots, hitches and lashing.  This is a skill needed to construct certain types of shelters depending on the material available.  Other types of shelters will not need any ropes because of the material used.

There are basically four types of man-made shelters:

  • All natural shelters that use branches, grasses, leaves, limbs, logs, sticks, etc. that rope is needed.  It is also natural camouflage.
  • Combination shelters that use both man-made and natural materials that rope is also needed.  And due to the natural material used, it makes great camouflage.
  • Shelters built with man-made material using boards, bricks, pallets, plastic sheeting, plywood, etc.
  • And the fourth type of man-made shelters are mine tunnels.  These types of shelters must be approached with extreme caution due to cave ins.

The last type of shelters with no work involved are the ones that Mother Nature has made.  These are caves, lava tubes, natural rock overhangs and natural tunnels.

Survival Safety

Knowing how to keep everyone in your family or group safe from the hazards of a post disaster is just one of the many things to consider.  I have covered this topic before because in my world travels working disasters and relief missions I have seen firsthand all the people getting injured working or cleaning up the mess from a disaster.

One thing I would really like to stress is having some basic safety equipment packed away in your survival supplies.  This would include the following:

  • Safety Helmet to protect your head.
  • Safety Glasses to protect your eyes.
  • Ear plugs to protect your hearing.
  • Respirator to protect your lungs.
  • Long Sleeve Shirt to protect your arms.
  • Leather Gloves, heavy-duty to protect your hands.
  • Long Pants, heavy-duty denim to protect your legs
  • Leather Boots, heavy-duty high-ankle to protect your feet.

Tactical Driving

It is strongly recommended that your survival vehicle be a four wheel drive type that is large enough to carry all your immediate survival supplies.  Your bug-out vehicle would also be equipped with a CB radio or have two-way radios handy.  If driving with a single vehicle, the drive needs to be armed with a pistol.  The person riding shotgun is armed with a short rifle or shotgun along with the person behind the drive having the same.  This way while driving, both sides of the vehicle are covered to resist car jackers.  If a fourth person is available, they would cover the rear.

If you are driving with more the one vehicle, you will want to try to have the save coverage in both vehicles, so plan ahead to make sure you have enough people to cover your needs.

When the time comes to “Get out of Dodge” and head to your survival retreat, you will need to have at a minimum at least three escape routes out of town planned from your location to your retreat.  These routes should be secondary back roads because primary road will be jammed with all the unprepared folks trying to get out of town at the same time.

When driving, you will need to try driving down the middle of the road in single file at a fast speed, but not fast enough to stop in time for any road blocks or barricades.  If you have to stop, park a vehicle on both sides of the road in an open stretch of road so you can see approaching vehicles from a distance.  Post an armed guard at each vehicle for a look-out.  If you have three or more vehicles traveling in convoy and have to stop, stagger them on both sides of the road with guards posted.

And if you have to stop overnight for any reason, make sure you get at least one mile away minimum from the road you were traveling on.  Park your vehicles in a circle and post guards throughout the night.

Next week’s article: Tracking Animals, Water Purification and Weapons Making.

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