What are the main items you should have in your panic room?
A panic room is a secure space specifically designed to provide protection and security in case of emergencies, such as home invasions or natural disasters. We have lots of experience of designing, planning and installing panic rooms in residential properties and have developed a clear understanding of exactly what should be included in the panic room once it’s complete.
So, we’ve put together a list of the specific items you should have in your panic room. Of course, what you include will vary depending on your own needs and the purpose of the room, but here are some common items to consider.
A Reinforced Door
This is a must-have item for every panic room! The door to the panic room should be of a ballistic level (you can select different levels to withstand various forms of attack) and then reinforced with heavy-duty locks, self-closing/locking device and deadbolts to withstand forced entry attempts.
You should have a way to communicate with the outside world, such as a landline phone, a cell phone with good reception, or a two-way radio. In the event of an attack, you will need comms to contact the police and emergency services.
Install a security camera system that allows you to monitor the exterior of your home from inside the panic room. This will enable you to watch what is happening and be notified of the arrival of the police or security company.
Battery-powered or backup lighting sources are vital to ensure visibility during power outages.
Food and Water
Non-perishable food and water supplies to sustain you and your family for at least a few days.
First Aid Kit
A well-equipped first aid kit with essential medical supplies and medications that you or your family might need if you have to stay in the panic room for an extended period.
A ventilation system with adequate filtration components to ensure a supply of fresh air while keeping out any potential contaminants.
Consider including a secondary exit within your panic room, such as a hidden passage or escape hatch, in case the main entrance becomes compromised.
Safes or lockable cabinets to store important documents such as passports and wills, and valuables.
Clothing and Bedding
Warm clothing, blankets, and sleeping bags to stay comfortable during a prolonged stay.
A backup generator or alternative power source to ensure essential systems remain operational in the event of an attack occurring.
Supplies for Children and Pets
If you have any children or pets, ensure you have supplies for their needs, including food, water, diapers, and pet care items.
To sum up
It’s important to regularly maintain and check the items in your panic room to ensure they are functional and up-to-date. Additionally, it’s a good idea to have a communication plan and emergency contacts readily available in the room. The specific items you choose to include in your panic room should be based on your unique circumstances and security concerns.
If you’re considering adding a panic room in your home and you’d like to find out more about how to do this, please feel free to contact us to arrange a site consultation to discuss your specific requirements. You can reach the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]