Shelters

How to build a door-covered or pole-covered trench shelter for protection against elements, natural disasters, and nuclear fallout

  Covered trench shelters utilize the massive density and inherent strength of packed soil to create a protective shelter suitable for protection against natural and wartime elements including biological and nuclear fallout. Trench shelters also provide excellent wind and blast protection. Typical trench shelter plans fall into two categories, differentiated…
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How to build an elevated, raised Bog Ken shelter in the wilderness

For many reasons it is sometimes necessary or advisable to build one's survival shelter raised off the ground. Especially is this true in the more tropical countries where noxious snakes and insects abound. A simple form of raised shelter is shown by Fig. 63. To build this shelter we must…
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How to build a belowground shelter to provide protection from the elements

The advantages and disadvantages of a belowground shelter A belowground (underground) shelter provides many advantages over an above-ground structure.  A belowground shelter can not only insulate you from the cold, it can reduce the midday heat as much as 16 to 22 degrees C (30 to 40 degrees F).  A…
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Desert shelters – how to build an efficient shelter in desert conditions

Desert Shelters In an emergency desert situation, you must find shelter quickly. In the dry, arid, desert environment, you must consider the time, effort, and material needed to make a shelter. Any unneeded body movement will consume precious water and hinder your ability to survive the desert conditions.  You want…
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How to make an above-ground “Swamp Bed” for sleeping in marshy, wet areas

Swamp Bed In a marsh or swamp, or any area with standing water or continually wet ground, the swamp bed keeps you out of the water. When selecting such a site, consider the weather, wind, tides, and available materials. To make a swamp bed, you should: Look for four trees…
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One-Man Shelter – how to build a one-man shelter in a survival situation

One-Man Shelter A one-man shelter you can easily make using material, a tree and three poles. One pole should be about meters (15 feet) long and the other two about 3 meters (10 feet) long. To make this shelter, you should: Secure the (15-foot) pole to the tree at about…
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