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By Mac Slavo –

It certainly isn’t much, but when you have nothing else, it could be all you need.

In many emergencies, bugging out may not be the best option. Certainly it is not the best choice for every SHTF situation.

However, there may be situations where you need to leave your home or dwelling, get out of the city while you can, and lay low until/if sense ever returns to society.

You Tuber Kevin Coy shows you what may be the lowest cost, least effort way to build a viable survival shelter – which could also have uses for hunting, camping, play, etc.

He’s calling it a “micro-homestead.”

For the millions of Americans who can barely make it to the next paycheck, much less invest in high priced gear, supplies and stocks, it may be much better than nothing at all.

Here’s the set-up he came up with:

Of course, there are many other options, especially for those who have the means to purchase, build and develop more ideal structures and set-ups.

However, at 8×8, this building could likely be built without permit or on-grid approval in most areas, and could at least serve as a temporary structure until your dream getaway is ready to go!

Prepping requires time, energy, mental and physical effort and especially the mindset to plan ahead, make sacrifices in the “now” and put valuable resources towards insurance for the future. Many will contemplate taking action, but fewer still will actually be ready when the SHTF.

But the first step in this direction may prove to be the most important one you ever make…

This article first appeared at“Micro-Homestead” This Modest Survival Shelter Could Save Your Life When It’s Time to Bug Out


7 Overlooked Forms Of Shelters When Society Collapses

By Rich M – Off The Grid News

Most of us are planning on “bugging in” when a disaster strikes. Generally speaking, that’s a much more practical solution for people who don’t have a survival retreat off in the woods somewhere. Not only does your home provide you with shelter, but it has all of your survival equipment and supplies, as well as your other possessions. But what do you do if something happens to your home?

There is always a risk of your home taking a hit during a natural or man-made disaster. Some disasters, like earthquakes and tornadoes, are known for destroying houses. If that should happen to you, then you will need an instant replacement. If you haven’t thought about it beforehand, then you might not have an idea of where to go or what to do.

To start with, evaluate the condition of your home. If part of it is still standing, then you might be able to take shelter there, at least on a temporary basis. You only want to do this if the part that is standing is structurally sound, though. If it is likely to fall, you don’t want to be trapped inside.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: 7 Overlooked Forms Of Shelters When Society Collapses

By The Survival Place Blog

Whatever you think about the recent results of the US election, it’s not an exaggeration to say we’re living in strange times. A lot has changed around the world in the last few months and years. Who knows what might happen from here? And, there’s always the threat of natural disasters, which never truly go away. It’s always a good idea to have a survival shelter in case the worst was to happen, so let’s take a look at how to build one.


For any survival kit, the shovel is an important necessity. A shovel can be used for all sorts of reasons with a shelter, from building a makeshift bed to solving drainage problems. You’ll need to be sure that you get a high-quality shovel if you’re planning to build a good shelter. You can find these across the web if necessary.

Power Drill

A power drill is an important tool for any circumstance, let alone building a survival shelter! You’ll need this to reinforce the shelter and carry out all manner of DIY tasks related to it. There are a lot of different drills on the market, and you might need to seek more helpful tips about which ones you’ll need for certain tasks. Be sure to have the right type of drill to hand when you’re building your shelter.


This might not be a tool to actually build your shelter with, but it’s an important necessity for the shelter itself. To be honest, a tarpaulin presents you with a readymade shelter from the off. It can be used for all sorts of other things, including providing ground insulation. Or, as a basic need to stay warm, it can be used to wrap around yourself inside the shelter during cold moments. A necessity, for sure.


You never just know what you might need a hatchet for. In a particularly troublesome scenario, it could be used as a self-defense mechanism. More likely, you’re going to use a hatchet to chop wood and hack tough materials. Ultimately, the hatchet is a great tool for the survival build because of its many uses. It’s also something you can carry around with ease, unlike some other tools which might need plugging into the mains.


Has a survival shelter ever been built without the use of a knife? Whatever type of knife you use for the task, you’re bound to get a lot of use out of it. In a similar fashion to the hatchet, the knife can be useful for a wide variety of tasks. Close-up work both inside and outside the shelter will be easy to tackle with the convenience of a knife. It’s also worth equipping yourself with a pocket knife for any nights you spend inside the shelter later on. You never just know when it might come in handy.

We hate to suggest that anything bad might be on the horizon, but it’s always worth having a shelter just in case. It’s also quite a fun task to get involved with, especially if you’re a fan of DIY! There’s no time like the present to get started.

This article first appeared at The Survival Place Blog; 5 Tools You Need To Build The Perfect Survival Shelter

marauderBy Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition

Ready Nutrition Readers, this is a simple “food for thought” article to stimulate the “planning juices” in the brain cells of you guys and gals. It’s no secret how important a good home defense plan is especially during a long-term event. The scenario of the Twilight Zone episode “The Shelter” is the rule of thumb rather than the exception.  So what will you do when the marauding hordes come knocking on your door…with a battering ram?  It is wise to consider such options now, before they occur, so that you are armed with a plan and a course of action to pursue.

 Essential Equipment for Plan B During a SHTF Event


Firstly, what do you have in terms of detection equipment?  Do you have motion sensors and a camera?  Do you have a large dog that knows how to guard his family?  Do you have a means to detect Mr. and Mrs. Marauder?  Finally, if you’re wired with cameras, IR, and motion sensors to the max, are they hardened in the event of an EMP or will they become paperweights along with your ungrounded Jag and Hummer?  Then what do you have to help you detect the threats?

I strongly advise as much of the high-tech stuff as your budget will allow.  A camera (especially one with IR capability) is worth its weight in gold to actually see Snidely Whiplash as he creeps across your lawn.  You want an array of cameras to localize the bad guy or multiple bad guys.  What good is one camera in the front that gets Boris if Natasha is sneaking around the back with a Molotov?

Speaking of such, are your windows screened?  And I’m not asking about the screens that stop flies and mosquitoes…I’m talking about sturdy-gauge wire.  Sure, doesn’t look pretty, perhaps, but all the better to stop a stone by some would-be Tiny Tim trying to tiptoe through the window.  Worse: Tiny Tim with a Molotov is a very frightening picture indeed.


Next part we’ll cover involves discretion.  Obey all of the little laws and ordinances of your happy home state…the ones that require you to lock up all of the weapons, and string a device into the chamber to keep it from firing, and all of that.  At ReadyNutrition we’re not advocating or advising you to break or disobey any laws of your wonderful local, state, or federal governments or to rail against the direction of your happy policeman, Officer Friendly.

In that light, if you can legally do it…it is advisable to have a weapon ready to go in every room of the house.  You also need to monitor what area of the house is broken into and have a family plan to move the family into the opposite and protected area of the house.  This takes time, planning, and coordination.  You need to establish “safe” areas of the house that you can barricade yourself in and make a stand.  These safe areas also need to have an exit portal/hole in the event the big bad wolves want to huff and puff and burn your house to the ground.

Depending on how many family members you have, you must consider splitting your family in two: one group to remain inside, and another group to go outside and take care of Mr. Big B. Wolf and company.  If you are the lone person in the house, you need to take a page out of the movie “Death Hunt,” with Charles Bronson…how he pre-prepped his cabin and supplies before the jerks came to bother him.  It is JJ’s firm belief that no house/home is an impregnable fortress, but at the bare minimum your preparations can buy you some time.

Be Prepared

Let’s not leave out what I’ve been saying for some time: you must have supplies, food, and other important, life-sustaining items ready just in case you have to surrender the homestead and go running off into the night.  Remember: you can replace anything except one another.  Make your lists and your plans, and game them all the way out until each member of the family knows what to do if the house is compromised.

A final word on detection: use low-tech tools to help you keep tabs on things.  Yes, tripwires with aluminum cans and bolts/nuts/pebbles in them, strung across areas of approach and entrance points to the house.  Tie tripwires off to large piles of noisy cans/metal debris.  True, they are Uncle Caveman primitive, but they are effective.  These are the types of things that will still work regardless of an EMP or loss of electrical power.  Use your imagination.  But plan your work and work your plan, and get it all in order with your family while there is time to practice it.  Be safe, and watch out for one another in all you do.  JJ out!

About the author:

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.




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By  Susan Patterson Off The Grid News

Often, your survival skills are tested when you are least prepared. If you are stranded in the wilderness with no proper camping equipment or supplies, the best you can do is turn to the surrounding nature for help.

Remember that in colder regions, it is hypothermia – not a lack of food — that kills stranded people before help arrives. Constructing a hut with found material is something you should attempt even before a real need arises, because it’s extremely important to make a warm shelter quickly before the sun sets.

Building a Debris Hut

When it finally occurs to you that you’ve lost your way and need a shelter, the first thing to do is take a deep breath and look around. A quick scan will reveal how much protection you may need to survive in the terrain. Check out what kind of plant material is readily available in the area to make a debris hut. You’ll need some strong structural material and plenty of insulating materials.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: How To Quickly Make A Survival Shelter When You’re Lost In The Wilderness

earthbag house

By Carmela Tyrell – SurvivoPedia

If you are planning to bug out to a remote location, you probably think about building a permanent home that will remain unnoticed and able to withstand many kinds of attacks. But would you consider that the cheapest survival shelter is also the best? Would you start building an earthbag house?

There’s a reason why the military uses earthbags to make bunkers in emergency situations. Earthbag homes are resistant to bullets, durable, and far less expensive (less than $20.00 per square foot) than using stone or other materials.

If you have not considered earthbag homes, then you may be surprised at how much this tried and true technology has to offer.

Choosing a Place for Your New Home

Before you begin building an earthbag house on your property, it is important to choose a good location. Since earthbag structures can include cellars and take advantage of building into the ground, you should look for an area that is above the water table and easily defended.

If you build at the top of the hill, you can also place more rooms underground and then plant fruits and vegetables on the roof.

Continue reading at Survivopedia: How to Build the Best Survival Shelter on a Budget


By Ken Jorgustin

Shelter is a number one priority for survival under some circumstances – namely hypothermia. Our core body temperature can quickly drop to dangerous levels from exposure to the elements and the effects of cold.

If in the wilderness, building a simple survival shelter could save your life. Here are a few guidelines to consider with regards to building a survival shelter.



Deciding where to build your shelter is important in the following ways:

The shelter location should be nearby the materials that you will need to build it from, such as sticks, leaves, and grasses.

The shelter location should be safely away from dangerous hazards, such as falling branches (under a susceptible tree), pooling water (look at the lay-of-the-land in case it rains), and insect nests (not fun).

The shelter location should be on a flat enough and large enough area to enable you to sleep comfortably while lying down.



The shelter should be built while cognizant of safety factors.

For example, be sure the main framework is constructed of large enough and strong enough branches. A rule-of-thumb is the branches that are used for the main frame should be strong enough to support the weight of an adult.

Reason being that you will be stacking layers of debris materials against the frame in order to provide adequate insulation properties and protection from the elements. The weight all adds up.



Do not be tempted to make your shelter too large (a common mistake). It will take longer to build, require more materials, more time and energy to build it, and may be too cold because of the large space inside.

A good shelter is on the small side, and is just big enough so that you fit inside fairly snug in order to conserve your body core temperature. This is obviously less important during warm weather – although don’t be fooled because it can get cool enough at night to be a problem – and the weather is always a potential factor.



Insulation and the shelter cover…Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: Build A Survival Shelter While Considering These Guidelines