6 Ways to Create an Urban Shelter

Storm drains and sewers provide excellent shelter in a collapsed city.

When operating in an urban environment, the biggest risk you face is other people. If you have a fully loaded rucksack or vehicle packed with provisions, you will be a target. People who are thirsty, hungry and destitute will be encouraged to think how they can best attack you to steal your supplies.

 Because these same people did not prepare or lacked an understanding of the circumstances that created their dire situation, you will become their target.

In such a hostile environment, you need to know how to set up a shelter.

6 ways to create an urban shelter

  1. Select a location that is not frequently visited by humans or animals. Abandoned factories, attics or disused municipal services buildings can be used.
  2. Consider the structural integrity of the site. Ensure that the building is not prone to collapse or flooding.


  1. Ensure that there is an escape route in the event that you are discovered.
  2. Circle around your site before you make an entrance. If the place is under observation by other people, you do not want to draw attention to yourself.
  3. Avoid creating light or smoke when using a fire. Make a small fire away from a window or a draught and surround it with non- flammable material.
  4. Always have someone rostered to be awake during the night. In this way, you will improve your security and prevent being surprised.

Attend one of our urban survival courses and empower yourself by learning new life skills.

H.E.A.T. tip: Always make a fire whenever possible. Fire can be a fantastic morale booster, and will dry out your socks.