What if you could retrofit your room into a safe room that will protect you from a deadly calamity, ghastly enemy, or ugly zombie?
If you’ve ever thought about having a safe room at home, then you seem wiser than ±99.1386% of the population.
But why just think about it when you can make it a reality? The Artic tribe didn’t survive the winter just by “thinking” about building an igloo, did they?
Now, you might be thinking (again)… “Safe room is only for the super-rich.” “Building a safe room takes a lot of time.” “Man, it’s too complicated for me.”
Listen, I get you. And I’ve got good news!
The Safe and Vault Store team is here for you. We understand that not everyone’s a security-savvy with a fat bank. Hence, we’re here tosimplify the process and help build the best safe room for you that’s worth every penny.
You with me?
Read on to discover how to turn your room into a fortified safe room plus the essentials to survive inside.
Let’s get into your fortress.
What’s a safe room and who needs it
A safe room (aka, panic room or fallout shelter) is a room dedicated to protecting you, your loved ones, and valuables from intruders and disasters.It can be as fancy as a home theatre safe room, or a home office with a vault door. Now, I don’t know about you but a house feels insecure without a safe room.
Believe it or not, a survey commissioned by National Geographic found that 40% of Americans believe that stockpiling or building a bomb shelter (or safe room) was a wiser investment than a 401(k).
That’s saying a lot.
For as sad as it is, there’s no denying that our world is becoming more dangerous every day. Whether it’s a celebrity or your neighbor Billy, crime spares nobody.And lest we forget, the Ukraine-Russia war is still ongoing and tension is increasing.Long ominous stories short, there’s never been a better time to have a safe room or panic room for when (not “if”) things get ugly.
So, who needs a safe room?
Everyone who wants to protect their household. Everyone with guns and gold. Everyone who wants to die old. In other words… EVERYONE.
What room makes the best safe room
From a security standpoint, the number one rule in securing an area or room is to reduce points of entry. Meaning, stay away from windows as much as possible.
Other than that,secrecy is the key.
Intruders can’t target what they can’t see. Hence, the room/entrance must be covert yet easily accessible in an emergency.
A safe room must have not just strong walls but also solid floor and ceiling. I mean, what good is a 10-inch titanium wall if the intruder can easily break in from above or burrow underground?
- Often, the strongest room in a one-story house is the bathroom while in a two-story house is near the staircase. Furthermore, the closet, basement, and underground cellar can all make a great safe room.
- Your existing structure doesn’t seem strong enough? A ballistic fiberglass or concrete board will drastically strengthen it.
An ideal safe room should not disrupt communication. See that the phone service is not cut off inside (especially for an underground safe room) so you can call the authorities for help and stay updated with the outside world.
- Keep a backup phone and charger inside the safe room or panic room. When things go south, you may not have the time to find and grab your communication devices.
- Pre-wire your safe room for security and intercom system so you can keep an eye on the outside perimeter.
Your safe room is only as good as the air you breathe. In a sealed room, oxygen is limited and the carbon buildup becomes a threat.
To avoid suffocation, equip the safe room with an air vent and filtration system (to avoid toxic gas from coming in).
Although a safe room is for temporary shelter, comfort should not be neglected. Surely, you don’t wanna be standing and cramped for hours let alone days due to lack of space, do you?
So, beforehand, know how many occupants are expected and plan accordingly.
The door is the make or break of the safe room
Now that you’ve chosen a safe room with strong walls and all, let’s talk about perhaps the most important part.
Have you heard the saying, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link?”
With any room, the Achilles heel often lies where bolts and moving parts exist⸺ doors. Here’s the thing… whatever you put together in pieces, comes apart in pieces.
That said, a regular door won’t suffice.
The solution?Vault door.
A vault door is the main piece of the puzzle that will turn your closet or any room into a fortified safe room. What’s more? Some states may require you to use a gun safe or storage room with a vault door to protect your guns from unauthorized access.
Mess not with lawbreakers and lawmakers⸺ get a vault door.
The best vault door for your safe room
There are bazillions of vault doors on the market. And trust me, not all are created equal. Most are mere gimmicks even.That’s why you should only entrust your hard-earned money to reputable vault door manufacturers and providers ⸺ your life and others depend on it.
Always look for the following:
Vault door with thick steel construction and a UL-Certified lock
For proven heavy-duty protection and effectiveness.
Vault door with fire seal and insulation
The main purpose is to protect your guns and valuables (not you, necessarily) from a house fire and water damage due to firefighting efforts.
Note: Fortified safe room or storm shelter can protect you from gusts and torrents, but not from the house fire’s heat and smoke.
Vault door with an internal lockout mechanism
A must-have for a panic room. When fleeing from an enemy, you can lock the vault door from the inside and disable the external unlocking system⸺ can’t be opened from outside even with the combination code.
Vault door that can be opened from the inside
If you can lock the vault door from the inside, you should also be able to unlock it from in there.
This is useful when someone, kids especially, accidentally locked themselves in the safe room. In which case, teach every family member how to open the vault door from the inside.
Vault door that inswings or swings into the safe room (preferably)
Why is this important? Because you don’t wanna trap yourself inside the panic room in case there’s debris blocking the door outside.
But if it’s just for storing guns and valuables, then an outswing vault door will do.
- No time to search, plan, and install the right vault door? Let the experts at Safe and Vault Store help you out!
What should go in your safe room
So, you’re now safe behind the vault door, now what?You see, a safe room should not only protect you from the outside world but also keep you sustained and sane for the entire ordeal (who knows how long).
That’s where stockpiling comes in. Keep these essentials in your safe room:
- Food and water
The CDC recommends storing at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for 3 days for drinking and sanitation. Got any favorite non-perishable food?
- First-aid kit plus prescriptions
- Portable toilet, wipes, and disinfectants
If your safe room isn’t plumbed, the smell will make you succumb. (You’re welcome… about the ventilation).
- Blankets and extra clothing
- Power and light source not dependent to the house’s electricity
- Backup communication devices with chargers (as mentioned earlier)
- Defensive weapons like guns (check your local laws first)
- Entertainment (board games, books, etc.)
- Change your supplies regularly to beat expiration dates.
- Test backup devices frequently and keep the batteries above 80%.
Survive the doom behind the vault door of your safe room
With everything done and dusted, constantly practice emergency procedures and safe room survival together with your family. It’s one of those things which hopefully you’ll never have to use but gives you peace of mind knowing it’s there.
Now… what’s your preferred vault door size?
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Valuables can be something as simple as old family photos or important administrative documents. No matter what they are, or how they’re defined, we all have something we care for and want to protect.