Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Qualities of a Good Survival Shelter - Part One

Hypothermia, a condition characterized by the loss of body heat, is one of the main causes of death in a survival situation. A survival shelter can help prevent this from happening. A good survival shelter has some basic qualities that should be present in a survival situation. A simple shelter can save your life in a survival situation but it should always take into account the factors necessary for your survival. There are numerous types of survival shelters. The kind or type you use may vary according to the circumstances you find yourself facing in a survival situation. It is important to remember that they are for one major purpose; to keep you from losing body heat.

Qualities of a Good Survival Shelter

1.) Easily made with a minimum amount of effort from readily available materials.

2.) Provides protection from adverse weather conditions (rain, cold, and wind etc.).

3.) Provides the minimum space necessary. This will minimize the loss of body heat.

4.) Provides proper ventilation. Fresh air is a necessity you can’t live without.

5.) Provides a protected sleeping environment that is not directly on the ground.

In a survival situation, you will need shelter. A good shelter should be your number one priority. If everything is working against you and you have adequate shelter for your protection, you’re probably going to be alive when help finally arrives.

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker


4 comments:

Chief Instructor said...

So many people neglect number 5 - getting off the ground. It will suck the warmth right out of you! Plus, obviously, you'll be more comfortable on some sort of surface other than the ground.

wolfe said...

I'd add light weight. It should be easy to carry.

riverwalker said...

To: Chief Instructor

Might want to remember that metal surfaces will do the same thing as the ground. Some form of insulation is going to be needed.

Thanks.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: wolfe

Most natural shelters probably won't be very portable...but if you've got a good poncho, tarp or tent you'll be ahead of the game.

Thanks wolfe!

RW

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