With the current lack of stability in the world and the ever-changing weather patterns, more homeowners are including a safe room in their custom floor plans.
A safe room, sometimes called a “panic room” or a “storm shelter,” is a fortified room in a residence that is designed to provide protection for the occupants in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster, home invasion or terrorist attack.
Safe rooms are typically built using materials and construction techniques that are designed to withstand severe weather conditions, forced entry and gunfire. They often include features such as reinforced walls and doors, air filtration systems and communication systems to contact emergency services.
- Emergency supplies: A safe room should have a stockpile of emergency supplies such as water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit and a flashlight or other source of light.
- Communication devices: A phone or intercom system for contacting emergency services, or a two-way radio for communication with emergency services and others outside the safe room.
- Emergency power: A backup power supply such as a generator or solar power to ensure that lights, communication systems, and other equipment can still be used in case of a power outage.
- Medical equipment: Medical supplies such as a first aid kit, and an automatic external defibrillator(AED) for CPR in case of cardiac arrest.
- Fire extinguisher: To put out small fires that may occur.
- Personal items: Personal items such as blankets, pillows, and comfortable clothing can help to make the occupants feel more at ease during an emergency situation.
- Entertainment items: Books, board games, etc. that help pass the time while waiting for help to arrive.
- Information: written guidelines, emergency phone numbers, and important documents such as identification papers and insurance policies should be kept in the room.
It is important to note that emergency situations can vary, so make sure to consider what items are specific to your emergency plans and location. It is also important to periodically check and restock supplies.