BUG OUT SHELTER
In uncertain times like these, being prepared is just common sense. Whether it’s a natural disaster or economic collapse, you have your survival gear packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. You’ve thought of food, drinking water, clothing, and tools and have them in your bug out pack. But…what about the other basic human necessity—shelter?
A tent, of course, is the cheapest and simplest form of quick shelter. Unfortunately, tents provide only minimal protection from the elements and have a relatively short life. Strong, long term shelter made of durable materials becomes necessary very quickly. Natural materials can be used, but these again are limited as far as providing adequate protection and longer life span. In times of disaster, building materials swiftly disappear from stores, if you can even afford them and if your currency has any value.
Luckily, by using a little common sense, you can be prepared for the long term as well as for quick survival situations with a prefabricated, knockdown shelter building. Such buildings are constructed as flat panels that can be transported and assembled when needed with a minimum of tools in a very short time frame.
A well designed shelter building will meet the following criteria:
- Individual parts are small enough to be hauled easily
- Parts are lightweight enough for one person to handle
- Parts are interchangeable to make assembly fast and easy
- The design uses the least amount of materials to enclose a given space
- The shelter should enclose enough space for 2 to 4 people to live comfortably for an extended period of time
- The shelter is sturdy enough to provide protection against the wild and the weather
- It’s made of durable materials that will stand the test of time
- Building erection requires minimal time and tools to complete
Finding a building that fits all the above criteria is a tall order, but it is definitely possible. To fill the bill, consider something other than the typical box—a round building. The round shape is nature’s strongest. The walls of a round building enclose the same area while using less materials (less to buy, less to haul, and less to build). The enclosed space becomes an open, versatile living area which is very efficient in both material and energy use.
We have a building available that meets or even exceeds the above criteria – the Polyurt Model 180. The “knocked down” building fits in the box of a standard pickup truck or a small trailer, ready to go whenever you need it. It can be assembled and ready to use by one person in 3-4 hours. At 15 feet in diameter, it can be a comfortable living space for up to four people, with no wasted space inside.
For more information on the Polyurt Model 180, please see our web site: www.fullcircleshelters.com.