Today’s post is about how to make a panic room in your own home. It doesn’t have to be a super hi-tech affair like that movie with Jodie Foster.
How to Create a Panic Room
Most people associate the words “panic room” with the 2002 thriller movie starring Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart. However, many people choose to erect real-life panic – or safe – rooms where they can hide out in the event of a home invasion, or, in more extreme cases, a natural disaster or nuclear attack. If you’re interested in creating your own panic room, the good news is that it doesn’t need to be as high-tech as the ones seen in Hollywood films.
Five easy steps
1) Pick a closet or interior room – ideally without windows – to be your panic room. Choosing a bathroom is always a good idea, since it is pre-equipped with a toilet and running water.
2) Replace the door with a solid-core door furnished with top-of-the-line deadbolt that can only be locked or opened from the inside. It’s also a good idea to install a peephole so you can see who is outside.
3) It’s very important that you fortify the interior of your panic room because there’s always the possibility that an intruder could discover it. What if an intruder decides he wants to shoot his way in? Do some shopping online for bullet-resistant doors and fiberglass paneling for the walls and consult your local hardware store to see if they have any suggestions moving forward.
4) You should also install a telephone line or ham radio in your panic room so you’re not reliant on your cell phone to reach emergency responders.
5) Stock your panic room with masking tape, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first-aid kit and non-perishable food and water. The Red Cross recommends one gallon per person per day.
Other things to keep in mind
- Panic rooms are good for more than just the unfortunate event of a home invasion so don’t just put it off because you think burglary isn’t an issue in your area. Can you also say with the same confidence that a tornado or hurricane will never sweep through your neck of the woods? Panic rooms are great shelters from natural disasters, as well.
- If you don’t use a bathroom to create your panic room, you might want to consider purchasing an RV toilet in the event you need to stay there for a prolonged period of time. An RV – or marine – toilet is simply a holding tank for waste, which must be bagged and removed. You can also choose to purchase a waterless composting toilet, which breaks down waste into an odorless material much like soil. While this variety of toilet doesn’t require water or plumbing, it’s also considerably more expensive.
- If you want to go high-tech, consider installing video cameras around your home along with a monitor in the panic room. This way, you can track all of the activity in your home while you’re hiding.
- Remember, a home security system is the best and most practical way to help protect your family. Your panic room should be a last resort during an emergency, not the only option. There are a number of reputable home security providers that offer around-the-clock home monitoring for an affordable price. I have an ADT monitored system installed in my home and have had nothing but positive experiences with it (check out http://www.securitychoice.com to learn more).
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