Creating A Safe Room
January 10, 2011 by Bob Livingston
In the event of a chemical, biological or radiological attack, a safe room is essential to survival. The safe room should ideally be a room in the interior of the home. If no interior room is available, choose one with as few external walls and windows as possible. An adjoining bathroom is also desirable.
To prepare the room, buy enough of the following to cover all windows and doors to the safe room area:
- Clear plastic sheeting at least 1 mil thick, preferably clear, and wide enough to cover windows.
- Scissors or other cutting tool.
- Duct tape.
- Caulk and caulk gun.
- Staple gun
- A portable HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) air filtration device.
So your room will be ready when you need it, go ahead and install the weather stripping on your windows and doors, making sure the seal eliminates the transfer of air from outside into your home. Check around your windows for gaps, and caulk those as necessary. Also check for any other places where air might transfer like holes cut into walls or floors for the television cables and telephone wires. If you find those areas you should caulk them as well.
When installing the plastic sheeting, use the staple gun and/or duct tape to hang it. In places where you use the staple gun, be sure to cover the staples with duct tape to seal off any holes or tears in the plastic.
You should also be sure you have access from your safe room to your stored food and water, or bring as much as possible into your room before you seal it off, since you don’t know how long you may have to be sealed inside.