How to Equip your safe roomSafe rooms are designed as a temporary refuge, where the occupant(s) can wait for the arrival of law enforcement personnel. However, no safe room can stop a determine attacker(s) forever. So, you must equip your safe room with the means to contact law enforcement as well as address other practical safety concerns.
A mobile phone. Some people think a mobile phone is a luxury. When it comes to personal safety, they’re a necessity. It the wires to a traditional land line phone are cut, it becomes disabled; however, a mobile phone uses a microwave transmitting system, so it can be used to call for help from the security of your safe room. In most areas, even an inactivated mobile phone can be used to make a 911 call for help.
This mobile phone needs to be regularly tested to ensure function ability inside your safe room.
A firearm. Remember, safe rooms are designed as a temporary refuge, until law enforcement can arrive on the scene. If you live in a rural setting, it may take a long as thirty minutes for the arrival of any law enforcement personnel. This may be enough time for a determined attacker to gain entry into your safe room. If so, a loaded functional firearm gives the victim/home owner the ultimate solution to any life threatening situation. Once again, every firearm must be stored safely and in accessible to children and unauthorized adults. Here is where a “Gun Vault” works in perfectly. It can be attached to a wall in an elevated location, so it’s out of the reach of small children, and the
It is not enough to merely have and accessible firearm. Once again, anyone planning to use the firearm must be trained with the use of that particular firearm, and they must be trained in close quarter combat specific techniques.
A first aid kit. Safe rooms are designed as a temporary retreat to protect you and your family from injury. However, since it’s always better to have and not need, than need and not have; it make good sense to add a first aid kit to your safe room survival plan. This kit should address the “ABC’s” of first aid:
Remember to add any required prescription medications like those needed for high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma and diabetes. For your first aid kit to be effectively used, everyone who can be trained in how to use the items inside the kit, must obtain relevant first aid training. This should be part of your plan.
Water. Stored bottled water is always an easy option, but you can also build your safe room around the bathroom. This gives you water access as well as access to the bathroom facilities.
A fire extinguisher. Criminals have set fire to crime scenes in an effort to destroy any evidence which might be used against them in a future prosecution. It is always better to be prepared for the worst case scenario, so a fire extinguisher should always be part of your safe room equipment.
A ten pound” ABC” type extinguisher would be a good starting point, but do not use a fire extinguisher inside the safe room. It will displace the oxygen and affect your breathing, and it can be detrimental to your health. Only use a fire extinguisher outside the safe room, when you work your way through a house fire to the nearest exit.
As part of your preplanning efforts, get training in the use of a fire extinguisher to exit a burning building.
When to open the safe room door. Criminals may pretend to be law enforcement personnel, so you open the door to your safe room. Don’t open the door until you are sure police have secured the scene, and they request you to do so. One way to make sure, ask them to slide their ID card under door, or you can use your mobile phone to ask the “911” operator for officer’s name and make sure it matches the officer outside the door.
Going on the offensive. Sun Tzu also said you should know your enemy well that you have won the war before going into battle. This advice is still true today. If you decide to go on the offensive, you don’t know how many criminals there are; you don’t know how well they are armed; you don’t know how well they’re trained; you don’t know
If the safe room is located in the first floor bathroom, and my wife and kids are in the front room, when armed attackers break-in through the front door, the attackers forced us into an offensive decision. Once this decision is made, you must not hesitate. Your quick action can catch the attackers by surprise. This advantage combined with preplanned firearms accessibility, practical “Close Quarter Battle” (CQB) training and the survival attitude can make you and your family a formidable force.
Get firearms training? Anyone planning to use a firearm must be trained with the use of that particular firearm. Furthermore, once an attacker(s) gain access into the small confines of your home or even more so the smaller confines of your safe room everything deteriorates into close quarter combat, so they must also be trained in close quarter combat specific techniques. These techniques must focus on distracting the attacker, creating or extending the reactionary gap between you and the attacker, allow you to protect yourself from physical assault and deliver quick accurate hits on target, while preventing the attacker from disarming you.