How To Build A Safe, Secure Shelter For An Emergency

Did you know that the most dangerous place to be during a disaster is in your home?


What if an apocalyptic event occurs where you live?


The majority of people who die in natural disasters are killed by collapsing roofs, flying debris, and gas explosions. You can’t rely on luck to keep you safe during a natural disaster – you need to take action now and build a secure shelter for yourself and your family.


If there is social unrest your home may not be the safest place which means a change of location. If you do not have a safe shelter ready to go, then you need to make sure you can build one.


In an emergency situation, the first priority is always survival. That means having a safe, secure shelter to protect you from the elements and any potential threats. The best way to ensure your survival is to have a bugout bag packed and ready to go at all times. 


But what if you find yourself in a situation where you can’t just grab your bag and go? 


In that case, you need to know how to build a shelter that will keep you safe until help arrives.


The first step is to find a suitable location. Look for an area that’s out of the wind and away from any potential hazards like downed power lines or floodwaters.


Once you’ve found a spot, it’s time to start gathering materials. Anything that can be used to create a roof or walls will work, so look for things like large leaves, tree branches, or even sheets of plastic.


Once you’ve gathered enough materials, it’s time to start building. Start by creating a frame for your shelter using the materials you’ve gathered. Then, use whatever you have on hand to create walls and a roof.


Remember, the goal is to create a space that’s big enough for you to comfortably sit or lie down in but small enough to retain heat.


What if you find yourself in the middle of winter when its snowing and you have to bug out? Then you need to know how to build for that environment. 

Importance of having a safe, secure shelter in times of emergency


A safe, secure shelter is essential for survival in times of emergency. Whether it’s a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado, or a man-made disaster like a terrorist attack, having a safe place to go can mean the difference between life and death. For many people, their home is their bugout location, and it’s important to make sure that it’s as prepared as possible for whatever emergency may come.


That means stocking up on supplies, having a plan for how to get out if the house is damaged or destroyed, and knowing where to go if you have to leave your home. In a disaster, seconds can mean the difference between life and death, so it’s essential to be as prepared as possible. Having a safe, secure shelter is a critical part of that preparation.


In an emergency, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to shelter. This guide will help you build the perfect survival shelter for any situation.



What to include in your shelter


The shelter is one of the most important aspects in any survival plan. It can be made from a variety of materials and provides protection to you against inclement weather, as well storage space for foodstuffs or supplies that might help us get through our escape attempt if it becomes necessary!


Some basic components of any shelter include:


You have to have a roof over your head. This is key as, without it, you are exposed to potential rain or snow. This is by far the most essential element in a shelter. 


This is followed by walls that allow you to be safe from the weather outside. When you have a roof and walls you have the most essential elements for building a shelter in survival. 

Cracks and openings


Your structure will be built by many different things but the key element is to make sure it is water and airtight. This means patching or covering little gaps within your shelter. 


If you want to increase the comfort and benefits that come with a shelter you could think of building a floor. This does not have to be anything fancy by any means! 


One example would be lining the shelter’s dirt floor with long sticks and sod. The key point is if you want to insulate the shelter better think of the flooring as the ground can be very cold.


Choose A Location


Location can make all the difference when you are outside. It can determine your safety, ability to find food and so many other things. So make sure where ever you decide to make a shelter, is in a good spot. 


Find A Flat Surface 


What is a simple thing you should look for when deciding where to make a shelter?


When it comes to topography you really want to find a flat surface. In my experience, it makes it so much easier to build a shelter, than if there was an incline. Keep in mind you have to protect yourself from mother nature so elevation tends to be a good choice in many situations. Is that the case for everyone’s particular scenario? 


No, finding a shelter that is even slightly elevated can protect you from flooding in the case of a storm or from animals. 


Well, what if there are no flat surfaces?


If you can not find a flat surface for building a shelter then look around and build on top of something sturdy. One thing you could build on top of is large rocks, especially if you are looking to build a more permanent structure. If not then small rocks could be another option as well. 


When you take your shelter even a few inches off the ground, it can make a major difference.  


Build the Shelter


When you build your shelter, you might be under time constraints depending on your particular situation. Then you have to determine what your landscape is and what shelter would be most applicable. 


There are a host of environments that may require you to change how you build your shelter.



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