Emergency Blankets, Shelter & Sleeping

Emergency Shelter & Sleeping Gear: From the LifeLine AAA All-Purpose Travel Blanket to the SOL Bivvy. Adult and Child Size Emergency Ponchos and Solar Mylar Emergency Space blankets. Tube Tents, Plastic Sheeting, Rain Suits, American Red Cross Weather & Shelter Emergency pack-we have it ALL. We even offer cots, air mattresses, privacy shelters, canopies & sleeping bags! Read about shelter tips and information.

DISASTER SUPPLIES - SLEEPING & SHELTER for warmth, privacy and survival in an emergency

What makes a shelter a shelter?

A shelter can protect you from the sun, insects, wind, rain, snow, hot or cold temperatures, and enemy observation. It can give you a feeling of well-being. It can help you maintain your will to survive.

In some areas, your need for shelter may take precedence over your need for food and possibly even your need for water. For example, prolonged exposure to cold can cause excessive fatigue and weakness (exhaustion). An exhausted person may develop a "passive" outlook, thereby losing the will to survive.

The most common error in making a shelter is to make it too large. A shelter must be large enough to protect you. It must also be small enough to contain your body heat, especially in cold climates.

When looking for a shelter site, keep in mind the type of shelter (protection) you need. However, you must also consider:

How much time and effort you need to build the shelter.

  • If the shelter will adequately protect you from the elements (sun, wind, rain, snow).
  • If you have the tools to build it. If not, can you make improvised tools?
  • If you have the type and amount of materials needed to build it.
  • To answer these questions, you need to know how to make various types of shelters and what materials you need to make them.

Poncho Lean-To

It takes only a short time and minimal equipment to build a poncho lean-to. You need a poncho, 2 to 3 yards of rope or parachute suspension line, three stakes about 30 centimeters long, and two trees or two poles 2 to 3 yards apart. Before selecting the trees you will use or the location of your poles, check the wind direction. Ensure that the back of your lean-to will be into the wind.

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