Keeping dry and warm is essential to your families safety.

In times of emergency, warmth and dryness are critical to health. You’ll also sleep better and work better during the day if you have had a warm, dry night.

Learn ways to keep your family warm and dry after a natural disaster.

Gary Watene has great ideas about how to construct an emergency shelter. This was Gary’s workshop at the Ward 72 Hour Kit activity.


Make a Poncho Shelter

Using just a poncho, two poles and a groundsheet, make a shelter for survival for 72 hours.

Alternatively, use a light-weight poncho for a child’s emergency shelter like this. Tents are heavy for children to carry and cost much more. For this reason, I’ve looked at the poncho tent as being a great survival emergency pack item for kids 72 hour kits.

Remember to train family members on how to put up poncho tents.


Make pegs and string for a shelter

In NZ there are many trees with which to make pegs, guy ropes and string. Here’s how you can do it. I make simple vine fiber like this to tie my tomatoes and climbing beans.


Tarp knots for your shelter

You need to learn just three knots to make a shelter. Young men in particular will benefit from learning these three knots. They will use them in many other situations too. You could teach them at Family Home Evening.


Rigging a tarp

How to rig your tarp so that you have an ultra-lite 72-hour kit without relying on a heavy, bulky tent. You will benefit from having these skills. Also a great short indoor activity for Family Home Evening: Put up a tarp in your lounge and eat a treat beneath it.

References & photo credits

1. Feature photo of fly shelter by pigmonkey; http://www.flickr.com/photos/pigmonkey/3953872801/