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Learn how to use the environment you are in to make a survival shelter, whether in the wilderness during the rainy season or in deep snow. Staying dry is the key to survival.

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Winter storms: What to do when the power goes off and it’s icy cold outside

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The power goes out and you’re sheltering inside the house. Outside, the temperature plummets, the wind picks up and it starts to snow. You don’t know when the power will be restored. It might be hours or days. How will you stay warm and safe? How do you get started?

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This tree well shelter was made quickly by Phil Brummett

How to turn a tree well into an emergency snow shelter in only ten minutes

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Every year we hear of skiers who get lost overnight or snowmobiles breaking down in the back country, and others who go missing. Make a life saving, emergency snow shelter in under 10 minutes with the equipment on your back, and make sure you get found.

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Learn these eight tarp and equipment tips for emergency snow shelter camping

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A tarp shelter can provide very comfortable sleeping quarters in deep snow. Here’s some gear tips to help you build that shelter.

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Take the right tools to build emergency snow shelters

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A snow shelter can save your life, but if you don’t have the time, tools and know-how to build one, you may waste your time.

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Try this practical method to build a survival snow cave

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Just about every survival manual shows how to build a snow cave. But the reality is that most people don’t have the skill, tools or time to effectively use this technique. These young scouts did it and you can, too.

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A survival situation can start with a vehicle sliding off the road in bad weather. (Pantenburg photo)

Video: Prepare to survive in your car during a winter storm

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A routine drive to visit the family can turn into a nightmare. Here are some survival tools to take along in your vehicle.

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How to pitch a tarp to survive in heavy winds

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Winds can rip a tarp to pieces if it isn’t secured correctly. Here’s how to make your survival shelter safe and secure.

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Five tips for setting tarps for emergency shelter

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Tarp shelters can make a rainy campout much more bearable. In some emergencies, a tarp might save your life, Here are a few tips for making your tarp shelter more secure.

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10 things to consider before buying a tent

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Thinking about investing in a new tent for camping season? Here are some things to consider.

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10 things to take camping you didn’t know you needed

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Have you checked off everything on your camping list? You probably need these things, too.

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