Snow and Wind Warnings

Tarp structures are strong for their weight and cost. Still they are light weight portable structures and as such are not designed to hold unusually strong wind, year round wind or much snow.



When possible, avoid exposed hilltops and narrow valleys where wind speed increases. Trees and brush between you and the wind help protect your shelter. If you do not have natural protection from the wind you can create a wind screen out of straw bales. Your shelter could be destroyed in extreme weather and your life or safety could be at risk. In heavy snow or wind your dome could collapse, damaging what you have or compromising your shelter. Do not rely on your tarps as your only shelter. Accumulated snow, must be melted or shaken off.

Just as you would not expect to be able to climb up on top of your tarp and have it hold you, it will not support much snow. If you plan to use your structure in the snow you will need to knock off the snow periodically or melt it off with heat from with in the dome. If the dome should collapse some poles may brake (these are easy to repair or inexpensive to replace) with unusually little or no damage to the covering. However items stored inside could be damaged by the weight or melting of the snow.

Tarps have a shorten life in areas that have constant winds. Tarp coverings can fail or the covering be ripped from the clips in extreme wind.

Anchoring: Your tarps are no stronger than its anchors, so it is important to anchor it securely.

If your structure is free from its anchors it can tumble and blow away and possibly collide with and damage people or property. Do not let your dome get away from you anchor it well.

Even if you anchor your structure well, extreme wind can rip the guy line clips and poles off and will fail.

WARNING

Your shelter could be destroyed in extreme weather and your life or safety could be at risk. In heavy snow or wind your structure could collapse, damaging what you have or compromising your shelter. Do not rely on your structure as your only shelter. Accumulated snow, must be melted or shaken off periodically. Do not set your strucure under a tree or branch that might fall on you. Keep all flames and heat away from your tarps and objects in your structure.