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The Safe Room Where What And How

Where should I choose?

Here’s a question I get asked a lot about safe rooms:

So, is there a particular rule of thumb that you need to follow (when selecting a safe room), like you don’t want a room with windows, or you don’t want a room that’s downstairs? If you have a 2 story, you definitely want upstairs. Or could your tornado shelter room be that room?

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Look, you’re not going to have time to plan out a room and dedicate it; because you don’t know what he’s going to do.

 Any room that you can get into with all of your loved ones and barricade and defend yourself becomes your safe room.

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(It might be right) for me to tell you that 3rd story room and attic with stairwells in it which you’ve got up there is awesome. Well yeah it probably is.

But, how do you know that your kids are not downstairs watching TV in the living room when something goes down?

You need to be able to get your family into one location, which needs to be defendable. That is what a safe room is.

Not a panic room that you see on TV with metal walls, locking doors, TV, video cameras (in and out), and some type of food in the storage.

That’s not it.

A safe room is something you can defend.

What to Do in Your Safe Room

So let’s say I’ve made it to the top of the landing. My wife and children have all gathered together, and they’re behind me. We’re moving to our safe room. I’m feeling behind me, checking….

I can hear them. They’re telling me they’ve got everybody. We’ve got full accountability. We’re now going to our safe room.

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“Is everybody alright? Do we have everybody again? Show me everybody what we’ve got, 1, 2, 3, you good? Okay.”

“Everybody get away from the door. Make sure 911 is on the phone.”

I take a position right here to the side of this TV. Maybe it will give me the odds of staying out of the line of fire or deflecting any fire that I might receive.

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And I’m going to push the children off to another corner, away from any gunfire that I might be exchanging.

There are some things to consider when you’re in your safe room.

Do you have any more ammunition? Do you have any medical supplies that you could use to fix any wounds that you’ve gotten? Do you have any other form of communication that you could use? Is there a landline in here? Is there an extra cellphone?

You know, once you get barricaded in this room, you’re not leaving unless the police come. And you need to have some things in here that you can use to take care your family with.

So, if you decided that your safe room is going to be the last point in which you’re going to be defending yourself and your house, consider these options for you.

Maybe you could use a safe, a small block box, that you could put somewhere in a closet. Maybe it has a couple of extra magazines for the guns that you have.

Maybe it has a tourniquet, a pressure bandage, some semblance of gauze, or some first aid ointment that you can pack into some small minor cuts.

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Communication is a key. We also have windows in here. So, should I hear the cops coming around the corner, I hear their sirens, and I see their blue lights, we could communicate by pulling the blind and waving and showing them where we’re at.

We don’t have to open this door again until the police come.

Now, what I recommend is when the police do come and you verify that, that is the police officer and not that guy lying to you by asking the 911 operator, “Do you have officers in my house?” She might say, “Yes, I do.”

And that officer may tell you his name, but it wouldn’t hurt to validate that the name is the correct officer that is standing outside of your door.

Because robbers, burglars, rapists, and murderers are evil. They’re liars. And they will do whatever they can to manipulate the situation, to make it advantageous for them.

Whatever they can say and do to get you out of that room or expose yourself, they will do it.

Now you wouldn’t normally think somebody would do that. But here’s the thing, you normally wouldn’t think somebody would come in to your house and try to brutally murder you either.

If you made it to your safe room, you’ve given yourself a fighting chance. You have all of your kids accounted for. You’re intact physically. Now it’s a waiting game. And this could be the worst part.

Have your weapon trained. Have your weapon pointed at the direction at all times. Don’t slack up for a moment.

Stay ready, stay vigilant, and stay alert.

Help should be coming and when they do come make sure that you don’t point your weapon at them.

Tell them how many people you have in the room, on your 911 connection. Tell them that you have 2 adults and 3 children, or whatever your case maybe. Practice this. Do mock phone drills. Make sure that you communicate clearly with that 911 operator.

Should I verbally warn the intruder?

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“Do you let the intruder know that you have a weapon and that you’ve called law enforcement?”

I give verbal warnings. If I have a strong suspicion and heard things, I’m pretty sure that dude is right out there.

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Yeah, I don’t want to kill anybody. I want him to stop what he’s doing. And I want him to leave. So, yeah, I have a gun. I have called 911, so you need to leave.

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There is nothing wrong with that. Now, the people could say “You’ve given away your position” and “You need to move around stealthily throughout the house.”

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Hey man, this is not an offensive thing. This is home defense. I’m not actively roaming around the house trying to find that guy to drop him. I want him to stop what he’s doing and leave.

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Only should he threaten my children, threaten my life or the lives of others in my house, do I engage with what force I deem necessary.

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