Millions of people around the world are displaced from their homes due to civil unrest, persecution, or natural disaster every year. They often travel with very little supplies and rely on humanitarian aid and resources for their survival. Utilizing the most common materials distributed in such situations, the team at TYTHEdesign designed the Tarp Guide as a language-free visual guide to emergency shelter survival in a variety of settings. As an open-source document, it has been reproduced and distributed around the world by organizations such as the Red Cross.
The document, a double-sided single page that can be easily photocopied, also has information on construction, water collection, and fire safety in the shelter.