Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
National Archives and Records Administration
Sorry for writing the way I have for the past few weeks. This new job with the new hours is killing my writing. Plus, I'm trying to walk two miles every night, after work which isn't helping.
Oh, well : - (
Repeat after me, ...
'We have three to five hours to live (maybe a lot less) without proper shelter for the environment.'
So, ... You and your partner need to learn those bushcraft skills for making a primitive but effective shelter for your family and teach them to your children or grandchildren, so they can survive an event.
Next, you and your family should practice making improvised shelters using ponchos, blue tarps, plastic sheeting, and other similar items.
Next, do some research on building shelters out of 'found' material such as corrugated metal roofing, bits and pieces of plywood, and other material that might be available after an event, like the items used to make a shanty town.
Detroit Publishing Company
Lastly, find out what the natives did to provide shelter for their families because it worked for them, so it will probably work for your family.
Needless to say, you and your family (Well, at least you) are preppers, so you're probably thinking that you would like to be a little bit prepared when it comes to shelter.
That's all well and good, but remember ...
George Grantham Bain Collection,
of these United States’ Library of Congress
Sometimes bad things happen to good people : - (
Needless to say, the first question is 'What's your budget?'
The next question, 'What are you preparing for?'
And, ... The last question, 'How many?'
'Cause all those questions and more will determine your final choice on tents.
Now, some of y'all are going to have a bigger budget, so you might want to investigate the various travel trailers or travel homes. These 'homes on wheels' are then parked in a safe place ready to use, after an event.
Mr. R. Anderson
Just like tents, the sky is truly the limit because some of these travel homes can cost over $2,500,000.
Of course, some folks have the resources to purchase a more permanent solution for their family's shelter needs after an event.
The Cabin in the Woods
Most people think this is the ideal choice for their families, a remote cabin or home in the woods.
Probably not, for many reasons, like ...
Where's the nearest Doctor, Nurse, or other Medical Professional? Don't forget that well equipped hospital. Oooh, and the pharmacy, too.
Where do you get groceries? In town. How far away is it?
The electric goes out, who's gets fixed first, town or ... country? If you said country, you don't live close to me 'cause the town always has power first, around here ; - )
I have to stop, but one more for you to think about, 'Who's pulling security while you sleep?'
Oooh, ... Can you say 'Forest Fire!!!"
A House in a Small Towns
Mel Tappan, an early 'survival guru,' suggested folks move to a small town with good facilities because there just isn't enough of you and your family to go around to cover all the skills you will need to survive during an event.
Lastly, because I have to go to sleep, here are three links to Mr. Tappan's two books and his survival newsletter.
giltweasel - Tappan on Survival
Scribd - Survival Guns
Bushcraft USA - Personal Survival Letter