Now that you’ve created a safe room in your home, we have a few suggestions to share about what you should put in it. We hope that you’re never faced with a home invasion, but we also hope that if you do have to use your safe room that you won’t have to wait inside of it for more than 30 minutes before help arrives. If you’re caught in a situation where you must stay inside of the room for longer, however, we want you to be prepared to do so. The following is a list of items that should be safely packed away inside of your safe room just in case you ever have to spend more than a few hours there.
Food and Water
Assume that, in a worst case scenario, you’ll be in the safe room for 24 hours and prepare accordingly. Consider items like jerky, canned tuna, nuts and dried fruit or Mayday Industries Food Bars to help sustain you overnight. Remember to prepare for pets, family members with special diets, as well as babies who may need infant formula. Try to also have enough water stowed away for every member of your family. One gallon per family member should suffice.
A can opener, knives, forks, spoons, cups, bowls and plates should all be stored in your safe room. This doesn’t mean that you have to have move your kitchen into your safe room, but a small box or basket filled with paper goods will work.
Blankets and Warm Clothing
Every family member in your home should have a blanket and pillow stored in the safe room. Warm clothing and loose-fitted clothing may also come in handy. Remember to also include a supply of diapers for very young children.
Since you may have to run into your safe room during the middle of the night with bare feet, always have an extra pair of shoes stored there, just in case. This will also make it easier in the event that you have to climb out of a window, run or fight an attacker. On pair of shoes with a durable sole for each family member in the home is advised.
If you or a member of your household must rely on daily prescription medications, be sure to have an additional supply stored in your safe room. This same rule applies for any animals in your household that may end up in the room with you. In addition to prescription medications, a small first-aid kit, pain relievers and allergy medications are also advisable.
If you wear prescription eyeglasses, be sure to have an extra pair stored in your safe room. You may need these to read the numbers on your cellphone, to watch surveillance video or for any number of other tasks. Few people will remember to grab a pair of glasses before fleeing to a safe room, so don’t assume that you’ll be one of them.
Even if your room has electrical lighting, do not rely on this as your sole lighting source. An intruder may interrupt power in your home or any number of events could render your primary lighting source as useless. Instead, be prepared by having battery-powered lighting, such as a lantern or a lamp, already inside of your safe room.
While we’re on the subject of battery powered devices, be sure to always have additional batteries stored in your safe room. This goes for DC batteries, as well as additional cell phone batteries.
You should have several of these in your home already and one should definitely be stored in your safe room. We recommend the Mayday First Alert 5BC Fire Extinguisher, which is lightweight, easy to store and easy to use.
Toys and Books
If you have young children, be sure to store age-appropriate toys and books inside of your safe room. Toys shouldn’t be those that your child plays with on a daily basis (since they likely will not be in the safe room when needed), but similar toys that your child likes and that will help her to relax should be stored. Avoid things like action-packed video games or books with suspenseful themes as these may cause anxiety levels to heighten. Also, avoid toys that make a lot of noise.
We also want to advise you to hold regular drills with your family members at impromptu times in order to determine how long it takes to get inside of the safe room, secure it and make a phone call from within. Remember, that this is a simulated event, so do not call the police during a run-through, but do use your dedicated safe room phone to call a friend or a family member just so that you know the quality of the reception that you are able to get on the phone after the safe room’s doors are locked.
If you haven’t already done so, we strongly encourage you to read our previous blog posts on Tips For Creating a DIY Safe Room, What Should I Put in My Bug Out Bag, and Disaster and Emergency Preparedness. Also, be sure to read our free guide entitled SECURITY BREACH: A Burglar Is in the House and So Are You for information and advice on how to handle yourself during a home invasion robbery.
What’s In Your Safe Room?
Do you have a safe room? What did we forget to add to our list? Please take a moment to let our readers know what supplies you recommend to be kept inside of a safe room.