Safe rooms have been around since the ancient Egyptians but became popularized in modern society after the movie "Panic Room", starring Jodie Foster, was released in 2002.
Basically, a safe room is fortified space within a home or other structure that is used to secure people in the event of an emergency. There are a variety of benefits that are related to adding a safe room to your home or residence and we will go over a few.
Many people opt to have a safe room as a place to hide securely from intruders with criminal intent. Burglary is a common crime and is often associated with assault or the loss of life if the criminal happens to be interrupted or if they find people in the home. Sometimes, injury occurs purely out of panic.
Having a safe and secure place where family can hide from intruders protects them against harm. Safe rooms are also effective in preventing the following crimes:
- Kidnapping or abduction
- Intent to commit murder
Safe rooms are generally larger than ordinary safes for securing valuable belongings and this makes them an ideal location for storing and protecting larger items of value from theft.
Tornadoes can have devastating effects and a safe room can be designed to weather this natural disaster to prevent harm and loss of life. The secure room can also be helpful in the case of some other natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, fire and flood but only when it has been specifically designed to withstand these events. You must be careful if your safe room is not built to withstand a flood. Hurricanes often produce flooding so be sure that your safe room will protect you if one should occur.
A Fallout Shelter
In the event of nuclear, biological or chemical attack, a safe room can be the first place of refuge. If contained underground and equipped with a ventilation system, it can be a long term means of survival after these types of attack. However, water and air filtration systems are essential for safe rooms that are designed to function as fallout shelters.
Features To Consider Adding To A Safe Room
A basic safe room is similar to a steel safe to keep your belongings and is designed to hold a limited amount of people for a short period of time. Adding features and enlarging the space can provide greater security for longer periods of time, as well as, enhance the versatility of the structure. Additional features include:
- Storage for food and water, as well as items such as blankets, first aid kit and any other necessary supplies
- Communication devices such as a cellphone, land line or radio to make distress calls
- A power outlet
- Air and water filtration systems
- Ablution equipment or facilities
- Cooking equipment
- Mattresses, cots or bunk-beds
- Any other items that may be determined as essential
In the event of a crisis, disaster or emergency, you need a safe place to go. You may want to seriously consider the addition of a safe house in your home, especially if your home has no basement and you live in an area that has frequent tornadoes.
Ross Germano is a self-defense and security enthusiast. You can check out his site, RevereSecurity.com for great information about self-defense and security, as well as the best in security products.