Planning Your Safe Room? Start Here.

Thanks to Hollywood films like Jodie Foster’s ‘Safe Room’, millions of people around the world have seen how effective and protective a specially built emergency safe space can be. Luckily (unlike in the movies) it doesn’t need to be anything crazy high-tech- just extra secure.

Depending on where you live, building a safe room may not be an option. But if you’re living or working in a more dangerous place such as a third-world country, a crime-ridden city, or a war zone, a secondary emergency location is essential. Even offices and buildings in higher risk areas are likely to have safe rooms installed for the staff.

Keep in mind that these tips apply to whatever space you’re constructing, be it one room or an entire building. While safe rooms on their own can be quite secure, it’s significantly more difficult for intruders to break into a bunker a full-blown shelter.

Here are the first ten things on your list to ensure your new shelter is as safe, secure, and prepared as possible.

1. Communication

The room MUST have at least two or three methods of communication with the outside world so that you can get help. Without it, you can end up stranded, unsure of whether or not it’s safe to come out.

You should have a telephone (landline), mobile phone, and a panic button that’s connected to a security agency that responds to emergencies. If you’re in a situation where you need to take shelter in a safe room, you most probably need help from outside to clear the area and make it safe. Make sure that the security company that’s responding to your panic button activation knows exactly where your safe room is.

2. Food and Water

The safe room should have sufficient food and water supplies to maintain the people inside for at least a couple of days.

3. First Aid Kit

Just in case someone is injured, the first aid kit will be crucial.

4. Bulletproof and Fireproof Doors

5. Fire Extinguishers

It’s best to have a couple of fire extinguishers which use dry powder to fight fire.

6. Sleeping Bags and Blankets

It’s imperative to get as much rest as much you can. You’re already at high stress levels; being sleep-deprived will only make the situation worse.

7. Flashlights and Spare Batteries

8. A Radio

You’ll need a radio to stay updated on what is going on outside. In a pinch, it can also serve as a form of entertainment.

9. Firearms

If the safe room is in your home, having firearms in your safe room is an excellent idea. It’s a last line of defense, but it’s a good one.

10. Toilet

Depending on the size of your house, a safe room can be constructed with a connected toilet. This will make things easier if you need to use the toilet. If there’s not enough space, you’ll need to get a portable toilet and stock up on disposable bags.

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