View Full Version : Skills #1 - Building a Debris Shelter

07-02-2012, 12:11 AM
You can't always access your equipment for every emergency due to sudden events or location. One thing that you can always take with you is knowledge. This new thread series will discuss some basic skills that require very little equipment to use and can be done in almost any setting. We'll still add to the other series too, but let's talk skills.

Exposure to extreme temperatures and elements can kill you quickly. Shelter is necessary to conserve your body temperature as well as the water already in your body if more is not readily available.

These three part video series covers building a debris shelter. If done correctly, it will keep you from freezing without a fire and will keep the rain off of you. Although tools, like cordage, an axe, or a knife will certainly help, you really only need your hands to construct this.




07-02-2012, 10:00 AM
Techniques vary, of course.





11-11-2012, 02:32 AM
You can't always access your equipment for every emergency due to sudden events or location.

Really good point. One of the guys n the HAM radio club is on a FEMA response team, and he once told us that there is a 2 in 3 chance that you won't be home when an event occurs. We were discussing earthquakes which is one of the scenarios everyone preps for out here. His point makes sense, at least if you work every day in an office. Depending on where you live, it may make sense to always have a smaller, secondary, emergency kit in your car.

Edit: Sorry, didn't mean to divert from the topic in this thread

11-11-2012, 12:40 PM
That's why my rig is packed out and my bugout bag is in it. My logic is that those items are always with me, whether at work, on the road, eating at a restaurant, on the trail or sitting at home.

11-11-2012, 01:12 PM
I do keep an emergency buyout back with me in the car. Not a shelter but I do keep a couple of space blankets in it and a sleeping bag liner good for 20 degrees in temp differential.