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These Compact Survival Spaces Are Becoming More Common

These Compact Survival Spaces Are Becoming More Common

People are becoming more concerned about both their own safety and the safety of their loved ones, but it’s not always easy to find a place where you can stockpile what you need and that you can also quickly get to if a disaster situation or societal breakdown occurs. That’s why more and more people are turning towards these:

Safe rooms.

They are sometimes called panic rooms, and you’ve probably heard one of those terms, but do you know what a safe room is? Hector Gonzalez says,

“A safe room is a highly secure space inside a home designed to be discreet and to offer protection during a home invasion, terrorist attack or other life-threatening event. Most safe rooms include some type of communication system or closed-circuit television so those inside can contact the police.”

Because the person who has a safe room built into his home is looking to survive an ugly scenario, there is a good chance that you don’t know that you know someone with a safe room, but they are becoming more common. Having said that, Nick Paster of American Saferoom Door says the demand for safe rooms gives his company “enough business to keep us busy full time.”

On the plus side, a safe room is easy to get to because it is in your home. Many of American Saferoom Door’s clients build safe rooms in their homes both as an area of safety in case of a break in or civil disturbance in their area but also as a place to “camp out” in a natural disaster.

However, if you are considering a safe room, keep in mind what a safe room is for and what it is not. Gonzalez writes,

“Regardless of how elaborate they are, safe rooms are built for one specific purpose: providing a way to keep out of harm’s way until help arrives.

“’A safe room is not a bunker,’ Paster said. ‘It’s to keep you safe for a limited period of time until the cops respond.’”

Bottom line: If you are looking for a good temporary place to keep safe until help comes or until the situation clears so you can bug out, a safe room may be a good way for you to go, but, if you are looking for a permanent place to camp over the long term, this may not be the option for you.

Do you think a safe room is a good idea for your family? Why or why not? Tell us below.



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  • A safe room can be obsolete or desabled by very simple means. You should always take fight to the enemy, never the other way around. Best defense is always (preemptive) ofence.

  • @ The Old One

    You need to consider the non-combatants in your household. Elderly, small children, the infirm, or just people with no combat skills. While you are taking the fight to whatever enemy you can locate, what’s happening to the people waiting back at the home? What if there are more enemy around you don’t know about? What if the enemy you’re attacking are a diversion?

    You have to think and look at all the possible scenarios and not just react blindly. I’m fine with taking the fight to the enemy, but I’ve been doing this stuff for a while and have equipment and training. The capabilities and needs of any group or unit are always delineated by the lowest common denominator. In other words, even if you’re a bunch of Rangers, the speed and effectiveness of your response is going to be affected by the slowest among you. You need to ensure the people you’re trying to protect are safe while you address the threat.

  • Safe rooms are always an option. Yes, they can be breached by a determined attacker, and if the bad guys decide just to burn the building down, the people in the Safe Room are in a bad postilion.

    But, for the most part, a safe room is a better place to hide out than the family bathroom. Better to have a room with emergency supplies, first aid, weapons and communication, and at least a reinforced door than to have nothing at all. I have provided security for people working in Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and many other garden spots, and a safe room was always one of the first things we set up so that non-combatants would have a place to retreat to in the event of an incursion.

  • I prefer a safe house so I put in hurricane glass all the way around. They ain’t comin’ in the windows.

  • Excellent thinking. Couldn’t dump the funds for hurricane glass, but coated all the windows with 3m shatterproof Mylar film. We used it all over the Mideast to prevent shatter from explosions, but it also makes it very difficult for someone to get in through the window because it makes the glass like a car windshield so it holds together even when broken.

  • That sounds like a great idea. I went solar with a large hybrid (battery backed) system in 2010 and do live smack dab in the hurricane zone so I wanted to make my home as bunker like as possible. Now, as the fruits of the Muslim usurper’s traitorous efforts come to bare I’m glad I did spend all that money. I now want to install security doors on the house. Boy are they spendy! 😉

  • Well said. A good defense is the basis of a good offense. Once the loved ones are secured, commit to action. And there are some pretty good misdirectional fallback plans out there to boot.

  • @disqus_O2oqZBkxpY:disqus

    Thank you. Isn’t protecting out loved ones what this is all about anyway? I’m fortunate, considering I’m an older guy, to have a young and very tough wife who is a great shot and a fighter. But still, my goal is to protect her and help us all survive.

  • Yes, sir….that’s what it’s all about. I’m 63 and alone, for the most part. But I have a network to call upon (mostly old “spies and special forces” I meet with for coffee a couple times every week). We stay “practiced” and are relatively confident in our abilities. Mostly, though, we have a good time.

  • The only ” safe ” room is any room that an invader doesn’t see, hear, or notice is there.
    If you have a room built into your house with a big armored door on it, you can bet that the crooks, and thieves, will put you on a list of things to do. If I were a crook, or invader and came upon a ” safe room ” door, you can bet that would tell me that something or someone behind that door has something of value and I want it. If you can’t conceal it from someone seeing it, then it is just a neon sign saying ” here’s the goodies fellas “.
    Just my 2 cents worth.

  • Agreed in terms of a burglary when you’re not home, so you hide it. But this article is about a place for your family to retreat to in the event of an incursion. Two different things.

  • The US government has done the same, literally burning people out of their homes. Have to keep them on the adversary list. They’re big, well equipped and have deep pockets, but remember…there are many more of us than there are of them!

  • Does the 3M stuff work well? And a bigger questions, can it be applied to large windows and not bubble like bad car window tinting?

  • Yes, it actually is quite effective. I do international security work and we initially used it to coat windows in places like Afghanistan where there is constant risk from car bombs blowing out windows and injuring people. It holds the glass together in one big sheet rather than letting it shatter into flying splinters.

    But is also very difficult to get through. There’s a security video on the 3M site of some typical inner city moron thug trying to get through a window with the film on it. Pretty entertaining. I’ve had it on all my windows that anyone can possible access since 2008 and have had zero issues with it . . no bubbles or any other problems even on large patio doors.

    Here’s the 3M site. They talk about finding local dealers but i bought it on-line and installed it myself. Pretty simple to do.

  • Thank you for the info! I’ll be checking it out. We have some larger windows at ground level that I’ve always been concerned about.

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