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Safe Rooms for Preppers

 

Safety is a significant issue for every homeowner and eliminating unsafe situations inside the home should be a top priority. Proper installation and usage of electrical and gas lines, carbon dioxide and fire alarms, and window and door locks are all important for day-to-day home safety. But what about extreme conditions? As Preppers, we are concerned about extreme events, especially after TEOTWAWKI. Tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and even home invasion are all examples of severe situations in which families may benefit from a safe room.

How is a safe room important to Preppers? Simply put, a safe room is a secure, reinforced, well-stocked room where individuals can go to avoid the risks and potential dangers that may arise in other parts of a home. But how do you create a safe room for preppers in your house?

 

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To make a simple safe room, just select an interior room or large closet with no windows or skylight. Install a solid core wood or steel door and hang it so it opens outwards. Replace the wooden doorjamb with a steel one or reinforce the door trim with steel angle iron to prevent the door from being kicked open. Wood doorjambs are vulnerable, so at minimum install three-inch screws in the door hinges and into a heavy-duty, four-screw, lock strike plate that will cut deep into the doorframe studs. I usually recommend a keyless Grade-1 deadbolt to prevent the keys from falling into the wrong hands, but you must consider that mischievous children might lock themselves inside and you outside.

To complete the room you must stock it with necessary emergency items and a way to summon aid or defend yourself. This includes a cell phone, a flashlight, first aid kit, food, water and defensive weapons.  With new construction I would pre-wire for an alarm panel, a direct-dial phone in addition to cell phone, an electrical outlet for cell phone charging, and install either chicken wire or steel sheeting underneath the wall and ceiling drywall. I would highly recommend reinforcing the doorframe air-gaps or shims to prevent the intruder from spreading or prying around the lock area. Good lighting and ventilation should be considered as well as personal hygiene needs.

Whether you have newly constructed or modified an existing space, the safe room should blend with the rest of the home. I have heard stories of families who had secreted themselves inside their safe room while the house was being ransacked. Fortunately for them, the police were called and were able to capture the burglars before being discovered or damage was done to their home.

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Once you create a safe room, here is some advice:

  • Always have a family plan for when and how to use the safe room

  • Always have non-threatening practice sessions with children

  • Always stock the safe room in advance with emergency supplies

  • Always have a flashlight or portable phone with fresh batteries

  • Always routinely charge your cell phone inside the safe room

  • Always secure the room key inside or use keyless deadbolts

  • Always try to escape first, if possible, to summon the police

  • Always call the police and don’t exit the safe room until they arrive

  • Always refuse to come out of the safe room until police arrive

  • Always try to remain calm…remember it’s not a panic room

Here are some essential safe room supplies

Here is a free pdf download of DIY Home Security for Preppers which has an emphasis on the history and design of safe rooms.

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here are some essential safe room supplies

 

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