SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Building a Natural Emergency Shelter With No Tools

Have you ever tried to build a shelter from natural materials in the woods?  Have you ever tried to do it with no tools?  Have you ever tried to do it with no tools in the winter in a foot of snow? Well I did, and here’s what happened. I went out snowshoeing with my yellow lab (Phyllis) and thought it might be cool to pretend that I was lost and needed to set up a shelter for the night.  It was about noon in mid-February, which meant I had…

The Ultimate SHTF Bug Out Camp Trailer

Concepts abound for how to provide shelter in the wilds after a bug out escape has been executed.  The sheltering ideas are as diverse as there are preppers and the personalities of people wanting get out of Dodge when things go south.  The options vary from the totally austere use of a mere tarp thrown over a clothes line between a couple trees, to investing in an outbound parcel of land with a house, barn, or other conventional fixed prep shelter. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author In…

Fail to Prepare Fail to Live

Does it make sense to be a prepper?  Should you spend time and money on things that will help you survive a potential disaster that might never happen?  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about these questions and always manage to circle back to the same answer:  prepping is your auto, life, and house insurance all rolled up into one. Would you drive around without insurance?  You could, but if you get into an accident you’ve got the potential to be paying expensive medical and vehicle bills the rest…

Ten Ways To Survive the Winter Cold

It’s getting to be that time of year again and winter is nearly upon us. You know what that means,  snow. If you live in the northeast, you’ve seen your fair share of it.  I’ve spent a lot of time in the cold and snow and thought I’d pass on a few things I’ve learned and seen over the years.  Playing outside in a good winter snow is awesome.  I love snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice skating, snow mobiling, winter camping, and just about anything that can be done outside in…

Cold Weather Shelter Practice

Who’s tired of cold weather? I’m not! Here are more thoughts from me in our recent vein of cold weather survival posts. I got out in the woods this weekend at a local state park. I love hiking in the winter.  I love the quiet and the crunch of snow. I was properly dressed, so I wasn’t cold, but the air was cold, crisp, almost biting.  I think it only got up to the teens that day, and it was blowing snow when I was out.  Avoiding sweat was a…

Prepper Basics – Shelter in Place

Sheltering in place, it’s a prepper basic. For those of you who may be new to prepping, or debating about your current living arrangements, let’s talk about the general things to keep in mind. First and foremost, for this blogger, there’s no plan better than the shelter in place plan. Most bug out plans put you in the status of refugee.  That is never a good position to be in. Think about it for a minute. Even in the BEST case scenario for bugging out, with days worth of warning…

SHTF Lifestyles of the Super Rich

None of us want to living in a cave when the SHTF.  I’ve got nothing against caves, I love a good spelunking, but give me a proper kitchen and I can get you through anything.  Some preppers  like to cover their bases and build nifty little Bug Out shelters.  Usually buried, often not lived in by the owner, just sitting out in the woods waiting for the S to HTF. SIDE NOTE – Reason #135 for NOT building a shelter and living elsewhere. I was watching an episode of that…

Dugout Shelters and Pit Houses as Sweet SHTF Survival Housing

Dugout shelters, pit houses, and what are sometimes called “sniper holes”, are sweet SHTF survival shelters in dire situations. In a SHTF situation you won’t be able to browse the web for log cabins for sale, so this type of temporary housing is a great option. Because of its simple construction you could build one as part of your preparation or build one while you’re on the move. There is nothing glorious about living in a hole in the ground for a bit, but it works when necessary. Dugouts is…