Life can hold many uncertainties, so being prepared is just common sense. Disasters, whether natural or man-made, can turn our normal daily life around very quickly.
The basic requirements for human survival are, of course, food, water, and shelter, with power being an almost necessary convenience. Preparing for loss of power, water, and food for a few days to a few months is fairly straightforward. Storing food and water is simply determining what you need, and for how long. Stored properly, food and water can be kept safely and for a reasonable amount of time. Backup power systems can keep the essentials running. Gas generators work well for the short term but do require fuel. Power for the longer term is best supplied by solar or wind or a combination of the two. But if you are displaced from your home, the remaining requirement is shelter.
Shelter for the short term can be as simple as a tent – cheap, and fast and easy to set up and move if necessary. However, living in a tent for longer than a few days or weeks will test even the hardiest souls.
For the long term, you will need strong, safe shelter to house you and your family and to store your belongings. This shelter can be in one of several forms:
- A prefabricated structure that you take where you need and set up quickly. This type of “bug out” shelter is a knocked down, packed, and ready to go small house.
- A “go-to” shelter, which is set up and stocked ahead, ready for the day you need it. This type can be used as a vacation cabin, or a getaway spot to test and hone your skills as well
- A “come-to” shelter, if you are in a place you intend to stay. This options could be used for friends or relatives to come to your place in a time of need. Everyone would have their own private space, but still be together to share work loads, and for protection. This type of option also makes a great guest house for short term visitors in the interim.
Full circle shelters has designed a structure that exceeds in both of these situations. The Model 180 Polyurt is a circular polygon structure with 12 sides. It measures 15 feet in diameter and encloses an area of 180 square feet. This model uses material very efficiently with all parts coming out of standard 4×8 foot sheets of plywood or similar material, leaving very little waste. All parts for the basic shell can be easily fabricated in the average home workshop in approximately 30 hours. These pre-cut parts are then assembled into your building’s shell in one afternoon’s time.
The basic Polyurt shell can be used as is for seasonal applications or you can add insulation, heat, and utilities to fit your needs and location. Expanding the Polyurt is accomplished by adding on a small room or even a second Polyurt and constructing a connector between the two units.
One Model 180 Polyurt is a very efficient and cozy one room cabin. Combining two units allows one to be a sleeping space and the other a kitchen and living space.
The Polyurt is designed to be portable as well, if desired. The building can be taken down as easily as it was put up, moved to a new site, and reassembled.
Full Circle Shelters offers plans for the Model 180, as well as a ring kit. The kit includes the aluminized steel rings for the floor and roof, the clear dome skylight for the center of the roof, the “corner” steel pins, and full plans and instructions—all of the parts you will not find at your local building supply center. The lumber, plywood, fasteners, doors, and windows are all available at the lumber yard for between $1200 and $1500, depending upon your area and the type of materials you choose. Please see our web site at www.fullcircleshelters.com for details.