(ModernSurvival.org) – When times get bad, one of the greatest threats anyone will face comes from other human beings. In the aftermath of a large-scale disaster, law enforcement will be stretched thin (if it even exists anymore). Looting will become a major cause of concern as desperate people look to feed themselves or steal valuables at the expense of others.
In this scenario, the best bet may be to simply disappear altogether until the worst is over. Having an “invisible” survival shelter to hunker down in while the world falls to ruin outside could very well be a life saver.
Here are a few ways to create a small shelter that will likely go unnoticed.
For those who have a decent amount of property, covering a small shelter in debris can be a great way to disguise the hideout. Looters will focus on the home, ignoring what appears to be a simple burn or junk pile.
Digging a storm shelter or small bunker underground provides a way to escape the chaos above ground safely. The entrance to such an underground shelter is relatively easy to disguise as well. A strategically placed dog house will camouflage the access point nicely.
There are a few downsides to underground shelters, though. For one, there are usually only one or two entrances and exits, making retreat difficult in an emergency. Second, they require a steep investment of time and resources to construct. Also, unless extreme care is taken while digging out the space for the shelter, neighbors will know where the hidden getaway is.
Constructing a panic room within the home is yet another option to hide from looters. A false wall can be built to conceal the room, which can then be stocked for short-term survival.
The downfall of this method is, again, the escape route. With only one entrance, getting out if necessary could be problematic. Also, looters have a tendency to become arsonists. Being locked inside a burning home with limited ability to escape is not ideal.
Key Factors to Consider
To remain hidden from potential threats, there are some key factors that must be upheld:
- Outdoor shelters should be as low to the ground as possible. A giant mound of dirt, for example, can be a dead giveaway that something’s buried underneath.
- While becoming visibly hard to detect is great, humans do have other senses. A fire, cooking food, or even an odorous bowel movement can paint a target on the shelter.
- Just as smells will give away a person’s position, so will sound. Muffle movement within the shelter and keep the talking to a bare minimum. Whisper if speaking becomes absolutely necessary.
- Artificial light leaking from cracks in a shelter will draw attention.
While the goal of retreating to an invisible shelter is to remain undetected, there is always a chance of discovery. Keep a bug out bag close at hand just in case a quick escape is needed. If anything is removed during the stay, make sure to repack it as soon as possible.
Most people want to believe that humans are good by nature and that the risk of violence following a disaster will be relatively low. Unfortunately, the news provides proof to the contrary on a nightly basis. When it comes to personal safety and the safety of loved ones, it’s better to be prepared than to face a tragic outcome.
For more information as to why other people could be the worst part of a large-scale disaster, check out our article on how bad a SHTF scenario could really be.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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