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Where to Build Shelter
Dan F. Sullivan
Building a shelter is of utmost importance in and SHTF scenario. The rule of threes clearly states that we can’t live for more than 3 hours without shelter. Heck, even animals need shelter and they’re way better equipped than us against cold and wind. I do believe it was survival expert Cody Lundin who said it best:
“Cold, strike one. Wet, strike two. Windy, strike three. You’re out.”
With everyone focusing on the types of shelter they can build, few consider the actual location. In a real SHTF scenario, they don’t get to choose where to camp. As in real-estate, it’s location, location, location… so let’s find out what are some of the best locations to build a temporary shelter.
I want to take a unique approach with this so I’m going to give you the how-to by asking questions that will (hopefully) make it easier for you to remember the info.
Is it nighttime?
If so, you’re better off staying where you are and building shelter somewhere close by. Venture into the night and you risk getting lost forever.
Is there a water source nearby?
Water is crucial so building shelter where there’s isn’t any is dangerous. Sure, you may have a few bottles in your bug-out bag, but how long are those going to last? You need to find a place that has water you can filter using the methods, tools and devices you know and have.
Warning! Never build your shelter too close to a river! If it rains, it will quickly rise so you’ll wake up with a nasty surprise.
Is there a cave nearby?
Finding a small cave can save you a lot of effort because you don’t really have to build anything except for the fire. Naturally, you’ll want to do a thorough inside check to make sure there aren’t any “residents”, to check for falling rocks from the ceiling and to see whether it’s dry enough. You should also ensure that there’s no risk of getting flooded if there’s a river nearby.
Is it cold and windy?
If the chosen location has high wind speeds, it’s probably a bad idea to camp there. Avoid valleys and build your shelter higher up where you’ll be protected and able
Stay safe, Dan F. Sullivan www.SurvivalSullivan.com