There’s a number of different things you may need to keep in mind with shelters. A lot of shelter plans call for using dead foliage (or living foliage is better) to cover or conceal your shelter. That’s great! Except for certain times during the tribulation.

During the first Trumpet Judgment, fire will fall from heaven. Now, I don’t know nor care whether it’s meteors, nuclear weapons, lightning, a thousand zippo lighters stuck in an on position, I don’t know. I’ll find out when we see it happen and I nudge the nearest angel and say, “Pssst!”

That will be a bad time for you to be surrounding your hide-a-way with vegetation, living or dead! If you’ve built a hole in wooded areas, make it a deep one – but don’t be in it during the sixth seal, or in any of the worldwide earthquakes! See “mobility”.

Types of Shelters:

There are lean to’s, natural caves, dig-outs, and build-ups. Build-ups are a bad idea if you’re trying to hide. People just look at structures and wonder, “who lives there?” The answer to this is camouflage, which I hope to get into soon, if the Lord tarries long enough for me to finish this web site.

Squatting in abandoned warehouses is a possibility, but it requires a way to black out any source of light. I saw a photograph once of a black out in the 1940’s, and the glow of radio tubes from miles away looked like a beacon shouting “find me!”

Abandoned warehouse districts would seem ideal – but you either have to choose to live in utter darkness, or black out your warehouse at night.

And don’t move into the first warehouse your eye falls on. Move into the one off to the left or right of it. If it caught your eye first, then it’ll catch the Antichrist’s goon squads eyes first. Let’s not forget the fifth seal is the death of the martyrs.

The things one must understand is… in your survival situation – i.e., running from the Antichrist and his armies… you’ll probably be heading into dangerous places to survive. If they were wonderful vacation places, trust me, people would be living there. And if people live there, it’s immediately an area full of potential informers who will be quick to identify someone who does not have The Mark.

When you get to your survival location, you’ll have three immediate priorities – all three equal in importance all at the same time.

  • Shelter
  • Fire
  • Food/Water

Most survival people tell you concentrate on #’s 1 & 2, and ignoring #3 for that day. You’ve only got so much time to dedicate. And I almost guarantee that when you reach your survival location, you’ll be arriving probably late afternoon/early evening. It just never seems to happen that you get there by 6 am!

So, you may end up building a version of the poncho shelter or a quick lean to the first day, then start working on your fire. I talk a lot about fires on the fire page.

Over the next few days, you’ll want to create several shelters, in various locations. Why? Because if one is discovered, and you make a break for it, and you only built one shelter…. you’re sunk. You may now be completely without supplies, a place to run, and no tools.

This is a disaster, as you only survived this long by tools and supplies.

To avoid capture, and loss of all your items, there are certain rules (I’ll repeat these at several spots throughout the site, so you won’t have to be looking for them.)

  1. Learn to move from shelter to shelter. this way you’ll have evenly stocked and distributed your supplies cache at more than one spot. It also will reduce the appearance of a person living in one spot for a long period of time.
  2. Do not have more than three people living in one place. Unless you’re living in the mountains, be aware that the more people you have, the better the chances of someone tipping people off. The less people, the less visibility.
  3. Do not try to survive alone. I realize most of you will find this out far too late and have to go NOW. If you’re alone, that’s the way it is. But if you’re alone and get hurt or sick… you’re it. And it’s easier to sneak up one one person alone, than two or three people taking watches.

Shelter A:

This is your main shelter. You’ll use this as primary shelter.

Shelter B:

One Shelter A is built, you’ll work on building and stocking this one. Food, firewood, water. Water is your biggest challenge, as you’re going to need to harvest and stockpile a great deal of it.

Shelter C:

This is the third one. As you stock your shelters, remember to distribute supplies to them evenly. Being in three places over a few days will lessen the chance of being spotted. On Optimum numbers, I discuss the concept of 2 to 3 couples per shelter, and a maximum number of 1 dozen people. They rotate in teams to two, always leaving one shelter unused. This helps to conceal base camps, in that they always seem to be periodically empty.

From the US Army Survival Manual…

“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 are–

  1. It must contain material to make the type of shelter you need.
  2. It must be large enough and level enough for you to lie down comfortably.

“When you consider these requisites, however, you cannot ignore your tactical situation or your safety.
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.

You must also remember the problems that could arise in your environment. For instance–

  • Avoid flash flood areas in foothills. G
  • Avoid avalanche or rockslide areas in mountainous terrain. G
  • Avoid sites near bodies of water that are below the high water mark.”

When considering shelter site selection, use the word BLISS as a guide.
B – Blend in with the surroundings.
L – Low silhouette.
I – Irregular shape.
S – Small.
S – Secluded location.

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