The Charleston Gazette: September 8, 2011
South Charleston environmental consultant Ann Schoolcraft erected this survival shelter using a thick layer of leaves and other forest debris.
By Rick Steelhammer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- What do you do if you find yourself lost in the woods, or stranded by a flash flood or heavy snow, as nightfall or severe weather closes in?
If you're Ann Schoolcraft, you start looking around for a suitable campsite and the materials needed to construct an emergency debris shelter.
"Hypothermia can set in even if it's fairly warm outside -- 53 degrees or below," said Schoolcraft. "You can build a shelter that will keep you dry and reasonably warm using just your hands and materials like sticks and leaves that are already on the ground."