A home security safe room is a space that is secure, reinforced against extreme weather or home invasion, and well-stocked with provisions where people can take refuge in case of an emergency, such as a blizzard, tornado, hurricane, or home invasion. Having a safe space increases peace of mind as well as safety, and it can be purpose-built or installed in an existing structure in the home. Here are three things to consider when planning a panic room.

1. Construction

Keep it low-down and super strong. A ground floor space is safer than upper levels in a house. If looking for a place to convert, consider the garage. There is potentially room in the garage to carve out a small room, there is less chance of debris in the event of extreme weather, such as a severe storm, and the interior walls are solidly constructed. Another low-down space is the basement, which offers protection from storms, hurricanes, high wind dangers, and tornadoes, yet keep in mind that if the home is in a place that is prone to flooding, the basement may not be the preferred option. Other ideas for conversions can be the space under staircases, storage closets, and for those fortunate to enjoy them, the wine cellar!
Built like a safe room. Concrete walls are excellent to use as a base. Barring that, reinforce a standard wood-framed structure with interior steel sheathing that is anchored to keep it secure. Got windows? Put in Plexiglas so that burglars can’t crawl through and debris can’t enter. The door is vital to keep the space safe from flying debris and well-thrown kicks. Exterior doors are excellent. Metal is a solid choice. If using a wooden door, make sure that it has a solid core. For extra protection, reinforce the door-frame.

Purchase it ready-made. For those who want the safety of a panic room without the DIY approach, there are many steel rooms with vault doors that are perfect for sheltering.

2. Fine-Tuning the Panic Room into a Bastion of Protection

Meet Up Here. Everyone should know the location of the safe room and be able to gain entry to it, especially people with special needs.

Stock up and be set up. Remember how you stocked your dorm room? This knowledge will help you to plan for your safe room. You’ll need enough food, water, and medicine to last for at least three days. Make sure that includes a gallon of water for each person. Add a portable toilet, and stock up on blankets. It’s also useful to stock up on tinned foods, crackers, nuts, dried fruits, energy bars, peanut butter, honey, and other foods with a long shelf life that do not require heating or refrigeration. Be sure to have a first aid kit, no-rinse hand sanitizer, sanitary supplies (toilet paper, feminine hygiene, baby diapers), flashlight, radio, cell phone and charger, and books and toys, cash, and necessary documents, such as ID.

3. Keep It Safe

Breathe Easy. Consider the addition of a ventilation system. During an extreme weather emergency, an air filtration system will keep things comfortable.

Lock the box. Enhance safety by using a keypad lock on the door. In the case of a home invasion, this removes the necessity of having to worry about a deadbolt. It has the added benefit of turning the panic room into a literal safe where you can store valuable and or costly items.

Safe and secure. Now that the safe room is up, stocked, and everyone knows the drill on how to gain access, the last item is vital: home safety equipment. Employ a video home security monitoring system. In the case of a burglary, with a video monitoring system, first responders are automatically notified. Knowledge is power!

As Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

In life, the best plan for an optimum outcome is to hope for the best and yet be prepared for any contingency.

The time to set up a safe room is before you need one. Interested in monitored home security? Get a free quote from Protect America.