Today, Safe Rooms can be used to protect people from both Severe Weather and Crime > at the same time! See Building the Perfect Home or Addition located below.
Panic Rooms and Storm Shelters:
The above ground safe rooms can be as simple as hidden and secure rooms (or spaces) with-in a home which serve as protection from Criminals (Panic Room). "A place to hide until danger passes."
They can also be as complex as a fortified room used for protection from projectiles such as above ground Storm Shelters.
Storm Shelters come in two basic types:
1. Above Ground and 2. Below Ground.
Above ground fortified storm shelters are often bolted to the foundation of the home (basement - with-in the home) and they must be able to support the weight of the home in the event of a collapse while below ground fiberglass or steel bunker pods are below grade - normally outside of the home. However, they can also be installed below an addition and used in combination! More information >
In order to hide your Safe Room (Panic Room or Vault), you need a Hidden Door. The Hidden Door Mirror and the Bookcase to the right are covered in the Improvised Hidden Door - Mirror and Bookcase Plans. This is an easy and inexpensive way to build your own hidden door!
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