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Bug Out Shelters


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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:

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  • 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:


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  1. Above ground shelters are always risky. No matter if the threat is natural disaster, nuclear war or civil unrest; having a shelter that can easily be located or targeted could be detrimental to the safety of your family. Consider instead underground steel bunkers by Rising S. Having an underground bunker at your personal bug-out location allows you to have many resources available to you that would otherwise be scarce in perilous times. Bunkers are equipped with solar power, running filtered water, air-filtration systems (in-case of nuclear fallout)as well as all the comforts of home. These shelters can also remain stocked with enough food and rations to last months or years. This would be a much better survival scenario compared to a bug-out bag and a portable shelter.

    Good luck fellow preppers. Start planning now… Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

  2. I agree with Brad, I would rather have an underground bunker. Although I live in a residential area, so there really isn’t any room in my backyard for an underground shelter.

    Another option would be a secure room or panic room.

  3. Paul says:

    I agree with Brad on the fact that being underground is better. But unless I had the idea property and enough people to arm such a bunker. I wouldn’t be caught dead sitting in a concrete tomb waiting for someone to come rob me. If you do a little research back 100 to 200 hundred years ago to how the settlers made their sod houses and how the Indians made their long houses and bibwacks and then find your self some old army books from the cold war on how to fortify a position using logs and earth. Combine all this and you just learned how to build them best shelter’s. Let me explain, #1 you can take your family or group out of the urban area’s and off the main road where danger is sure to be. #2 You can pick the best tactical spot (high Ground)#3 if you do you research (Indians) you will learn how to build a fire pit in your shelter that will conceal its light from anyone looking for you and as long as you avoid fire’s in the day and full moons you wont have to worry about anyone seeing ur smoke. #4 Two men can build a shelter in less than a day, so if you have to relocate for what ever reason in the middle of the night your not really out anything. “reading the army books will teach you how to pick your spot so you dont end up digging a swimming pool” #5 Your completely camouflaged and if you do it right your shelter can take a direct hit from a tank or RPG and not kill everyone. #6 you us the natural thermal energy of the earth to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer heat.
    I can keep going forever but I wont I think you get the point.
    P.S If I get low on food maybe i’ll come visit your tin shack or your so called concrete bunker.