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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.