The devastation was so great that it left hundreds of thousands without shelter. People were living among the crumbled ruins, without protection from the weather. The call eventually went out for tents to be sent to the island, and those have started to trickle in. Even though the survivors have lost all their worldly goods, even something as simple as a tent is an enormous blessing.
Taking care of your tent is important, to prevent damage that can compromise its ability to provide adequate shelter. Here are some tips:
- Before erecting the tent, clear away anything on the ground that might damage the floor.
- If the ground is rocky, consider spreading soft dirt and leafy material to cushion the floor from the rocks that can damage the fabric.
- Consider spreading a tough plastic tarp over the ground for added protection, and then set up the tent on the tarp.
- To keep from wearing holes in the floor, remove shoes or boots before entering.
- Use a small whisk broom for sweeping out dirt, bugs and leaves that sneak inside.
- Operate the door and window zippers slowly to prevent damage to the bug screens.
- Air the tent out and all it to dry before storing.