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How to Build a Survival Shelter

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A Quick Survival Shelter

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Shelter Site Selection, FM 21-76

Posted in Improvised Shelter, Shelter, Survival with tags , , , on November 22, 2007 by jamesshrugged

SHELTER SITE SELECTION

5-2. When you are in a survival situation and realize that shelter is a high priority, start looking for shelter as soon as possible. As you do so, remember what you will need at the site. Two requisites for shelter are that it must—

  • Contain material to make the type of shelter you need.
  • Be large enough and level enough for you to lie down comfortably.

5-3. You should focus on your tactical situation and your safety when considering these requisites. You must also consider whether the site—

  • Provides concealment from enemy observation.
  • Has camouflaged escape routes.
  • Is suitable for signaling, if necessary.
  • Provides protection against wild animals and rocks and dead trees that might fall.
  • Is free from insects, reptiles, and poisonous plants.

5-4. You must remember the problems that could arise in your environment. For instance, avoid—

  • Flash flood areas in foothills.
  • Avalanche or rockslide areas in mountainous terrain.
  • Sites near bodies of water that are below the high-water mark.

5-5. In some areas, the season of the year has a strong bearing on the site you select. Ideal sites for a shelter differ in winter and summer. During cold winter months you will want a site that will protect you from the cold and wind, but will have a source of fuel and water. During summer months in the same area you will want a source of water, but you will also want the site to be almost insect free.

5-6. When you are considering shelter site selection, remember the word BLISS and the following guidelines:

  • B-Blend in with the surroundings.
  • L-Low silhouette.
  • I-Irregular shape.
  • S-Small.
  • S-Secluded location.

FM 21-76 Survival

Posted in Animals, Bladed Weapons, Clothing, Cooking, Energy, Fire, First Aid, Fishing, Food, Hunting, Improvised Shelter, Improvised Weapons, Survival, Trapping, Water Procurement with tags , , , on November 22, 2007 by jamesshrugged

The US Army Field Manual on Survival is very practical and practicable guide to survival. The topics covered by this manual include nearly every area of survival requirements.

Here is a link to the full manual in free PDF format:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/21-76-1/fm_21-76-1survival.pdf

Table Of Contents:

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION
 
Chapter 2 PSYCHOLOGY OF SURVIVAL
 
Chapter 3 SURVIVAL PLANNING AND SURVIVAL KITS
 
Chapter 4 BASIC SURVIVAL MEDICINE
 
Chapter 5 SHELTERS
 
Chapter 6 WATER PROCUREMENT
 
Chapter 7 FIRECRAFT
 
Chapter 8 FOOD PROCUREMENT
 
Chapter 9 SURVIVAL USE OF PLANTS
 
Chapter 10 POISONOUS PLANTS
 
Chapter 11 DANGEROUS ANIMALS
 
Chapter 12 FIELD-EXPEDIENT WEAPONS, TOOLS, AND EQUIPMENT
 
Chapter 13 DESERT SURVIVAL
 
Chapter 14 TROPICAL SURVIVAL
 
Chapter 15 COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL
 
Chapter 16 SEA SURVIVAL
 
Chapter 17 EXPEDIENT WATER CROSSINGS
 
Chapter 18 FIELD-EXPEDIENT DIRECTION FINDING
 
Chapter 19 SIGNALING TECHNIQUES
 
Chapter 20 SURVIVAL MOVEMENT IN HOSTILE AREAS
 
Chapter 21 CAMOUFLAGE
 
Chapter 22 CONTACT WITH PEOPLE
 
Chapter 23 SURVIVAL IN MAN-MADE HAZARDS
 

Appendix A SURVIVAL KITS
Appendix B EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANTS
Appendix C POISONOUS PLANTS
Appendix D DANGEROUS INSECTS AND ARACHNIDS
Appendix E VENOMOUS SNAKES AND LIZARDS
Appendix F DANGEROUS FISH AND MOLLUSKS
Appendix G ROPES AND KNOTS
Appendix H CLOUDS: FORETELLERS OF WEATHER
Appendix I EVASION PLAN OF ACTION FORMAT
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