Wide open spaces

Much of the survival information out there focuses on environments with trees, but how many of you live in largely unforested areas? Much of the US lacks tracts of forests; if you live in one of these areas what ways do you plan to adapt to your environment if you need to bug out in an area that looks like the North American prairie shown here?

Commenter 1: “Have lived literally all over the world. And anyone whom knows survival well will tell you each environment has it’s own needs and plans to adjust too. Being in an open area such as the open plains requires it’s own set of skills. And one of the biggest is shelter, not only from sever storms that can and do run across the plains, but for just general survival. The best way to survive any area is find all the information that you can, learn what in the plains is eatable in the grasses as well as wild wheat. Animals are a plenty with prairie dogs as well as wild cattle, mule deer, ect…… If your planning on long term survival within the plains areas think about building an underground shelter, not only will this ensure your safety during sever storms, it will provide you with a long lasting and comfortable living area.”

Commenter 2: ” The settlers used to burn chips, that is, buffalo and cow poop and in really harsh times anything they had. You can make a crude shelter out of sod, mixing grass and straw with mud, form it into a brick shape and let it dry. I would dig into a side of hill or gully and use the natural surroundings as best I could. I would probably actually do that in any area I was, even forested. Very good insulation properties.”

Commenter 3: “I live in the middle of Nebraska. There’s not a lot of trees in most areas but there are some. Almost no hills to use. Water is fairly easy to find so is food. If you had to survive you would have to deal with high wind and extreme heat/cold. The best way to survive is to look at how the natives use to live.”

Commenter 4: “The settlers here built sod houses. They cut the grass from the ground and piled it up like bricks. Wild sod isn’t like the sod you buy from a garden center. It’s much thicker from years of growth and will hold together well. It’s great insulation from the heat and cold. Believe it or not wild food is plentiful. Wild onions are quite tasty. Groundhogs rabbits and other plains animals are easy enough to snare. It is a harsh environment, but easily survivable.”


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