How to Build a Safe Room

How to Build a Safe Room

( – Do you live in an area where the weather can get extreme? Or, perhaps you live in an area where crime might be high and civil unrest could erupt at any minute? Whatever the case may be, you should consider investing in a safe room.

What’s a Safe Room?

Basically, a safe room is a giant safe. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) considers any space a safe room that’s used to protect people from hazardous conditions like natural disasters and the intentional or accidental release of toxins.

Do You Need a Safe Room?

Yes, having a safe room is never a bad idea. However, you need to assess your location and determine what threats, if any, your home may face. Every unguarded home is a potential target for home invasion. Additionally, if you live in populated areas, civil unrest could threaten your home. Beyond that, natural disasters and unexpected emergencies can develop with little to no warning. A safe room provides shelter to escape and weather the storm.

Safe Room Construction

There are two ways to go about constructing your safe room. You can either do it yourself, or you can hire someone to build one for you. Each has its perks and downfalls, so you need to consider some key factors.

  • The first and likely most important factor relates to cost. If you choose to build the room yourself, it’s going to cost less money.
  • The next factor to consider is whether you place a safe room in an existing structure or a new building.
  • Whether you own or rent, your home can play a role in your decision to build a safe room.
  • If you decide to build a safe room, consider whether you have any rooms already built in your home that could be reinforced to create one.
  • You also need to take into account any local building codes that may apply to you.

Other Aspects to Consider

You need to consider how long you may be staying in the safe room and make sure it contains enough supplies to last the duration. Make sure you have the fundamentals covered. You need to stock it with food, water, and other essential items..

Self Defense

Self-defense is also essential. So be sure to keep a rifle, handgun ammo in your safe room. You also have the option to bulletproof your safe room if that level of protection is warranted or desired. You can do so using bulletproof sheets, Kevlar fabric, or by filling the walls with concrete or sand.

Fire Protection

You also need to consider the possibility of your home catching on fire. Hurricanes and tornadoes often have a trail of fires in their wake. Fireproofing your safe room is simple and should be done regardless of any concerns you may have.


Ventilation is essential in a room that’s sealed off from the outside world. Proper ventilation will not only allow you to breathe fresh air, properly installed, but it can also prevent toxic chemicals or gas from entering the room.

Final Thoughts

Preppers and other like-minded people already plan for potentially hazardous conditions and prepare for them. However, everyone can benefit from having a safe room in their home. Plus, they’re pretty cool.

Be sure to check out these items that every prepper should store at home. You never know when disaster may strike.

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