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Emergency Homeless Shelters and Other Hacks built by Paul Elkins

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He used recycled fluted plastic signs, old plywood and a bicycle to build this shelter.

About 5 years ago, I wrote an article on homeless shelters developed by an inventor named Paul Elkins.  His emergency homeless shelters can be built for about $100.00 and will keep you warm and dry.  Now I had rather forgotten about him until I ran across information on a small camper he has built to tow behind his bike.  He has been traveling all over the country in it.

He spends his time building all kinds of inventions many of which could be useful to preppers. …

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Homeless Shelter

I recently ran across the site of a gentleman by the name of Paul Elkins who builds bikes, shelters and all kinds of homeless shelterstrange things.  Here is a link to a video he made on an improvised homeless shelter.  He made it out of four, 4 X 8 sheets of coroplastic (also known as coroplast) and cable ties. It looks like a very interesting idea and can be built very cheaply.  He says for less than $100.  There are plans on his website.  Coroplastic is available in many different colors and is often used by sign shops.

On his website he has several other useful ideas, including taking one of the old bobbins from your wife sewing machine and using it to carry fishing line in a small survival kit. …

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Preppers can Learn From the Homeless


Notice that this tent is covered with a tarp.

If you really want to learn about free or cheap gear talk to a homeless person.  They are the real experts on how to get by with very little.  Now I am not talking about many of the beggars that you see on the street corner, far too many of them have their housing paid for by some government agency.  I am talking about the hard-core homeless who are living in a homeless camp.

There are a few things that I have noticed that are common in every camp that I see.  …

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Human Nature: The most dangerous survival lesson of all

Human Nature- Dangerous LessonI grew up and spent a good deal of time with petty criminals, a handful of whom had a dangerous human nature. Maybe that doesn’t say much for me, or maybe it does, because it quickly hit home with me that I preferred being a law-abiding citizen rather than a law-breaker. For any number of reasons, the law enforcement career I had planned on just didn’t happen, but over the years, I’ve spent more time learning about and observing criminals than most civilians.

It’s been eye-opening, to say the least. As a psychology major, I was able to learn even more about how the criminal mind works, as explained in this excellent book by a former FBI profiler.

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Sleeping Dry While Camping in the Rain

Sleeping Dry While Camping in the Rain via Preparedness Advice

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Here you can see the ditch going around the tent.

It has been raining hard on and off for the last several days. This resulted in a discussion about sleeping dry while camping in the rain. It’s surprising how little even experienced campers know about the subject, especially if they have generally camped during great weather or in drier locations. For them, the extent of their knowledge and preparedness comes down to depending on their tent alone to keep them dry.

Unless you want to end up with your gear soaked with water, soggy food, and wearing wet clothes, socks, and boots, here’s what you should know about sleeping dry.…

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How to Get Rid of Lice.

Head lice

Today’s post is on lice.  Lice or louse (the plural of lice) is the common name for three types of parasites that effect humans.

A louse’s egg is commonly called a nit.  Lice attach their eggs to your hair with saliva. The saliva/hair bond is very difficult to sever without specialized products.

Head-lice is most frequent on children aged 3–10 and their families.  Currently approximately 3% of schoolchildren in the United States contract head lice.  Females are more frequently infested than males.

Head lice are spread through direct head-to-head contact with an infested person.  Lice feed on blood once or more each day by piercing the skin with their tiny needle-like mouths.  …

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