You may have heard that you need to be prepared in case a disaster were to strike your area. There are a variety of ways that you can prepare your family to be able to survive in relative comfort. Here are some of the strategies that you can employ in order to outfit your shelter properly.
Select Your Location
The location of your emergency shelter will make difference on the degree of protection that you can expect. For example, a dug-in shelter may be one option that you’ll want to consider in order to afford you the greatest amount of protection. Placement and proximity to a water source may be other factors that you’ll want to consider. The ease of your family being able to reach the shelter should be something else that can affect your survivability during an emergency.
Decide on Materials
Many people are using shipping containers as the starting material for their emergency shelter. There are also other options available that require a little bit more assembly. You’ll also want to install mil spec wiring so that you can ensure that you’re connected and able to ride out any type of disaster. The benefit of these types of cables is that they’re rated to withstand any type of environmental conditions that they may experience.
Outfit Your Shelter
The size of your shelter may be another thing that you’ll need to take into account. For example, a one room shelter may be the most convenient to build, but your family may start to go stir-crazy after a while. Adding in additional space and a separate area for sleeping could help to alleviate some of the tension of the situation. Another option to consider is reinforcing your current home to make it more sheltered and not have to give up the luxuries of it.
Consider Long-term Survival
An adequate supply of food and water should be high on your list when it comes to survival. Food that has a long shelf life will help you to prepare. A water filtration system might also prove to be beneficial for long-term survival needs. Another thing that you’ll want to stock are first aid supplies. You never know how long you’ll be required to survive before assistance can arrive. Being prepared for any eventually will help you in this situation.
Consider your options when it comes to creating an emergency shelter for your homestead. Following these tips will get you closer to being prepared in the event of a disaster.
About the Author:
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber