Cheap Survival Shelter: Discover 2 Outstanding Ways To Keep Yourself Protected

Planning for shelter is important. But here’s the problem. Heavy shelter wont work. For instance, I have a 6 man Coleman WeatherMaster tent. But am I planning on carrying that with me in a bug out scenario?

Better choices for survival shelter would be lightweight material, or natural elements. In this article I want to share two ideas that you might never have thought about.

MAN-MADE CHEAP SHELTERS

LA has many homeless people. A product was developed out of this problem. It’s called the EDAR (Everyone Deserves a Roof). EDAR is a combination tent and cot. It is an outstanding success and it works great. But of course, EDAR is just the start for cheap portable shelters.

Go to Google and type in “6 Unconventional Outdoor Shelters”. What you’ll discover are different tarp and tent ideas. They include combinations of synthetics, canvas, stakes and cordage.

Another idea is the tube tent. Just run some cordage under the middle of a tarp and you have an instant A-frame. If you want a premade tube tent, Amazon has some aluminum coated tubes that will even provide you with insulation.

Want to go super cheap? Check out some extra large construction garbage bags. Cut the ends off and tape the bags together end to end. But if you don’t have a tarp, plastic or trash-bags then go natural.

NATURAL MATERIALS FOR SHELTER

Here is an idea that plays off of the use of natural elements like trees, branches and leaves. Take two stripped down branches. One will be 3-4′. The other will be 8-10′ long. Dig a hole just small enough to mount the short branch in the ground, sticking straight up out of the ground. Next lean the large branch on the shorter one. You’ll have a triangle with one vertical side. Now start placing branches with leaves on the angled branch. Do this for both sides. What you’ll end up with is a nice lean to shelter that you can crawl into.

Want to take that idea a step further? Then consider your location, your roof, the walls and adding layers of protection to your shelter. For instance, maybe a cave would work better. As a matter of fact, caves, crevices, overhangs, thickets, hollow logs or boulders will work. Any of these can provide an adequate shelter and give you insulation, wind proofing, and concealment.

HOMEWORK: PRACTICE MAKING SHELTER

Now lets step things up even further. Take a hike with friends and make a shelter while on the hike. Bring a tent with you in case the project doesn’t turn out as you expected.

Give yourself the time to practice while you aren’t under a lot of pressure to perform. And even if it doesn’t work the first time, remember, practice makes perfect. After just a few times, you’ll be an old hand at making cheap and portable survival shelter.

How to Survive Sea Trouble – Sea Survival Course

Sea survival training is essential for anyone that spends any amount of time on the water. So, when was the last time you traveled the high seas? Was it on a cruise, deep sea diving or was it just a fishing trip? Back in the old days, the exploration of new lands was carried out by sea, and on many an occasion a captain, his crew and ship have been known to meet their end due to the treachery of the storm, wind and waves.

Yet in there being no guarantees, there are a few tips that can help you survive sea trouble, and this is what we will discuss here.

Before you leave shore

Storing a backpack in the life raft with items such as a compass, sea navigational map, portable CB units for communication purposes, first aid supplies, battery operated lighting, extra batteries (of course), mirrors to use as reflective devices, a rain suit, blankets, sunscreen, clothing, matches and medicines would turn out to be more than useful in a lost-at-sea emergency.

After your vessel has sunk

Which brings us to the part where your vessel has sunk, and you have no option but to bail. What does one do and need in these circumstances?

First, it is vital that you paddle in the opposite direction of the sinking water vessel as quickly as you can. However, once you are able to get out of the natural suction of water that will take the sinking vessel down to its watery grave, you should then allow the life raft to drift – at least until you can find land. However, this is only when there is a strong sea current that can move the boat along at a reasonable pace. A compass and navigational map can also come in very handy at this point.

While you’re on the raft

Finding land can sometimes take more than two or three days when you’re at the mercy of the seas, so you’re not going to find supermarkets along the way for your precious bottles of water. In this situation, water is more precious than food. Now, since sea water is saline, it isn’t healthy to drink. So, a bucket or a tarp can be useful to collect rain water (which is your only source of fresh water here).

Since some people can be on the raft for days before finding land, another survival technique is to find help from fellow-sailors or from aircraft flying overhead through the method of signaling.

Try to use any mirrors, reflective tape, flares, and other eye-catching materials that you can find to catch the attention of those around you. And well, keep your fingers crossed!

As daunting a situation as being lost at sea can be, this sea survival training course that we’ve described here can appreciably increase your chances until help arrives or you find shore.

7 Instant Survival Shelters: From Home Wrap To Garbage Bags

With instant tents or tarps, some people get bogged down in useless details. They get sucked into edge seaming, waterproofing and other details.

But they are missing a special ingredient in these shelters. They are missing the “instant-ness”. Its kind of like instant coffee. But it’s a tent.

After reading this article, you’ll be able to prepare your own instant survival shelter from these simple ideas.

SHELTER #1 – 2 SECOND TENTS

Its a legitimate tent with fiberglass rods, UV protective coating, but it goes up quickly. One of the best ones is the Quechua’s 2 second tent. You just throw this tent and it sets itself up. Yeah, its crazy.

The downside? It collapses into a ring form. That means there’s a possibility it may not fit into your small survival kit.

SHELTER #2 – TYVEK SHELTERS

You just take Tyvek or house wrap and turn it into a tarp or a tent. House wrap is light, waterproof and sometimes washable. One nice benefit if using house wrap is that you can customize your Tyvek sheets with Tyvek tape, seam sealer and grommets.

SHELTER #3 – INSTANT TUBE TENTS

A tube tent is simple. It’s a tube that you can crawl into. Tube tents have an advantage over a simple fly sheet because of the floor. There’s no seam to let water in. But here’s the downside to a tube tent. If you use the tube tent frequently, then the floor will wear out. If you go to Amazon you can find tube tents that pack into the size of a fat wallet.

SHELTER #4 – PONCHO TENT/TARP

You don’t normally think of a poncho as shelter. But a simple poncho and two shock corded poles can create something amazingly effective. Here’s how you do it. With the first pole, connect two opposite corners of the poncho. Take the second shock corded pole and connect the opposite ends. Now you’ve just made a roof.

SHELTER #5 – TRASH BAGS

A simple, large garbage bag can serve as an alternative survival shelter. Here’s how its done. First, pick up some 4mm thick orange bags. 45 gallon bags are great. But if you want a mansion sized trash bag shelter, go to Amazon and get the 95 gallon bags. Cut the bottoms out of 2 bags, and then tape the bags together end to end for a tube tent. Crawl inside of it for the evening. Its not pretty, but its packable, and protects you from the wind and rain.

SHELTER #6 – BEDSHEETS

Bedsheets aren’t as waterproof as a 4mm garbage bag, but they can serve well as a tarp or covering. Multiple bedsheets layered over one another create air barriers. By creating an air barrier between the sheets, you increase the chances of keeping warm. Add some paracord to the mix and you can tie the corners to branches and make a survival tarp.

SHELTER #7 – PLASTIC SHEETS

Remember the 4mm trash bags we just talked about? The 4mm plastic also comes in sheets. You can get them at hardware stores and they come in rolls. Cut off whatever you need for shelter. Its cheap and waterproof. Or if you split the end open you’ll have a 6 x 8 foot tarp.

YOUR HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

Now you have 7 simple ideas for shelter, so I want to give you some homework. First, head to the camping section in the back of Walmart. Pick up some Grip-Clips. These are spring loaded plastic clips that you can use to clamp parts of your shelter. They are useful on everything from Tyvek to garbage bags or plastic tarps.

Next, grab a roll of 4mm trash bags and start playing around with different mixtures of the bags and clips. Get some Duct-Tape and cut up the plastic. Experiment until you have a combo that you feel comfortable with. Once you do, you’ll be ready when emergencies come. You’ll have your own instant shelter.y when emergencies come. You’ll have your own instant shelter.

Tornado Survival Skills

For their size, tornadoes are nature’s most violent storm born force. Every year tornadoes leave death and destruction in their wake. Natures fury is a part of life, and for all who perish in these storms, many more survive. Below you will find facts and tips that can help increase your chances for survival.

Tornado Facts

A tornado can leave damage paths in excess 50 miles long and one mile wide. Tornadoes can have winds that reach up to 300 miles an hour. A tornado can strike quickly, with little or no warning. Most tornadoes have a forward speed of 30-70 miles an hour. A tornado can appear nearly transparent until they pick up dust and debris. The largest percentage of tornadoes occur between 3 pm. and 9 pm. Most tornadoes move in a Southwest to Northeast direction. Tornadoes that form over water are called Waterspouts. Flying debris, it is the leading cause of death during a tornado.

What do the watches and warnings mean?

Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible, keep alert.

Tornado Warning: Tornado(es) have been reported or seen on radar.

Before a Tornado

Be alert to changing weather conditions. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or the news for updated reports and advisories. Be prepared to take shelter if needed. Look for these tornado danger signs: Dark, or green skies, Hail. Dark low-lying clouds, and cloud rotation. A loud roaring sound similar to a freight train.

During a Tornado

Take shelter immediately! If you’re in a home, building, or other structure take shelter in a safe room, basement, and storm shelter on the lowest level. If a shelter is not available then take refuge on the lowest level of an interior room away from windows and doors. Find a closet if possible in the center of the structure. Protect your head and neck. If your in a vehicle or mobile home get out quickly and find suitable shelter; never try to outrun a tornado. If you’re Outdoors, then move indoors if possible. If an indoor shelter is not possible, then lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Do not get under an overpass or bridge unless it is your only alternative. There was a tornado video years back that showed people taking shelter under an overpass: they survived. Many people assumed this was a safe location because of this video. The fact is that the winds can accelerate substantially under an overpass. Overpasses also offer very little protection from flying debris. Many people have been killed taking shelter under overpasses and bridges since the release of this video.

Tornado Shelters

Your decision to build a storm shelter could one day save your life, and the lives of your friends and family. There are many shelters available depending on the area you live, and the money you have to spend. Pre-built shelters can be very costly so you should choose one that can be used for other purposes like a safe room, fallout shelter, food storage, or an additional living space. There are a few companies that have started marketing portable storm shelter; there is even a portable tornado shelter that can be carried with you!

Kitchen Fire Safety

Kitchens are a natural place for fires to start: you are already working with open flames or very high heat. Take extra precautions to prevent fires.

Preventing kitchen fires

The number one cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking. When cooking anything on top of the stove, or in the oven, stay with it. For long-cooking dishes, plan activities you can do in the kitchen, such as cleaning or preparing other dishes. If “kitchen activities” don’t come to mind, consider reading, writing, chatting with family or friends, or even reading a story to the kids. All of these can keep you happily and productively occupied while keeping an eye on what is being cooked.

If you cannot or don’t want to stay in the kitchen:

  1. Check frequently on food that is cooking,
  2. Have a working smoke alarm installed where it can warn of potential fire.
  3. Keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach.

Kitchens can be very active places, especially when meals are being prepared. These basic tips can increase your safety:

  1. Wear short-sleeve, close fitting clothing when cooking. Loose clothing can more easily catch fire.
  2. Watch children closely in the kitchen. Teach them fire safety and proper handling of tools to prevent burns, cuts, or other injuries. Do this before you teach them to cook. Stay with children for every step as they are learning ot cook. Reinforce and praise their safety skills.
  3. Grease can accumulate quickly in the kitchen. Grease fires can quickly spread to the entire kitchen. Clean your cooking surfaces and counters frequently to prevent food and grease build-up. Ideally this should be done immediately after cooking, or during clean-up after each meal.
  4. Keep flammable materials, such as curtains, towels, pot holders, plastic or paper bags, away form cooking surfaces.
  5. Store all solvents and flammable cleaners well away from all heat sources. Never keep gasoline or kerosene in the house, especially not in the kitchen.
  6. While cooking, make sure pan handles are turned away from the front of the stove so that no one will accidentally bump them. Boiling water or hot grease thrown from a jostled pan can cause severe burns. Keep the area in front of the stove clear and calm while cooking.

Putting out a fire

Even with the greatest care, you may someday have to put out a kitchen fire.

First, assess the danger. If the fire has spread beyond the oven or a pan, call the fire department right away. In most locations, you can call 911 and they will transfer you to the needed service.

If the fire is small and contained, as in food flaming in a pan, these tips may help:

  1. Slide a pan lid over a grease or oil fire to smother flames. Turn off the heat. Watch carefully to make sure the fire is not spreading somewhere unexpected. Leave the lid in place until it cools. Once the fire is completely out and everything is cool, thoroughly clean everything that was involved in the fire, especially the stove top or oven. If the flame got outside of a pan, you will need to decide whether there was any damage that must be repaired before you can cook again. Caution: Never attempt to carry a flaming pan outside. Doing this increases your risk of spreading the fire and of being burned.
  2. Keep a large box of baking soda on hand. Aside from its other uses, you can pour baking soda over most small food fires to extinguish the flames.
  3. Never use water or flour to put out fires. Water added to a grease fire reacts violently, sending hot grease everywhere. This spreads the fire and increases your chance of being burned. Flour can have a similar effect. Water poured on flames can also get into electrical circuits in the stove or oven, which can complicate the situation and increase the danger.
  4. If a fire occurs in your oven, keep the door shut and turn off the heat. This will usually smother the flames without further risk.
  5. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. There are several types of extinguishers, each designed for use with specific kinds of fire. Make sure you have the right kind; one that can put out grease-based fires most often found in kitchens. Make sure you know how to use the extinguisher. Check periodically to ensure that it is in proper working order.