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When describing the bone-chilling cold that could freeze a man to death on a cold winter night, American historian and linguist J. R. Bartlett was quoted as saying it was as “cold as the north side of a January gravestone by moonlight.”

This might be a bit dramatic, but I think we can all agree that the kind of cold he was describing was at a level that if you’re caught off-guard and ill-prepared, it could easily prove to be fatal. If you learn to speak her language, Mother Nature will warn you with rising wind chills and dropping temperatures. These tell you it is time to stop whatever task you are fixated on and seek shelter immediately to prevent yourself from falling victim to winter’s wrath.

One of the most dangerous things to happen when your body temperature drops to perilous levels is that your mind also begins to “numb.” In these situations, you can become so irrational that logical thought is no longer possible, and you will eventually become disoriented, lethargic and drift off into an icy sleep from which you will not wake up.

Something to consider when the topic of “survival shelter” comes up is that the term “survival” does not always equate to the proverbial crap hitting the fan. Instead, it is sometimes a term that simply means “staying alive.” With all of this country's wealth, prosperity and seemingly endless resources, it is easy to imagine that no American would ever go to bed cold, hungry or without a proper roof over their head. In fact, according to the 2017 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Annual Homeless Assessment Report, there are around 554,000 homeless people in the United States, or 0.17 percent of the population. Furthermore, the same HUD report states that, on any given night, more than 138,000 of the homeless in the United States are children.

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