Essentials to Keep in Your Stronghold Shelter Safe Room Year Round

Preparation supplies laid out


Purchasing a safe room is just the first step to ensuring that your family is secure against natural disasters and home invasions. The next step is installation, and the last and final step is making sure that your safe room is stocked with the following essential items:

  1. Drinking Water: As one of the basic human needs, it is crucial to keep plenty of water in your safe room. If you have children, you may consider keeping juice in stock as well.
  2. Storable Foods: Depending on the situation, you may not know how long you will need to stay in your safe room until it is all clear to come out. We suggest keeping at least 5-10 days worth of storable foods per person such as canned foods or MREs (self-contained, complete meals typically used in the military).
  3. Portable Toilet: It is likely that at some point, you will need to use the restroom while you are waiting in your safe room. Keeping a portable toilet in stock will help ensure comfortable and sanitary conditions.  
  4. Hygiene Products: Keep toilet paper, wet wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and hand sanitizer in stock. You never know how long you’ll have to be in your safe room, so having these items handy is helpful.
  5. First Aid Kit: In case of injuries, it is essential to be prepared with a first aid kit fully stocked with band-aids, alcohol wipes, gauze pads, over-the-counter medications such as Benadryl and ibuprofen, and any other first aid kit essentials.   
  6. Telephone: You can choose to keep either a landline phone or a prepaid cell phone in your safe room. Make sure that the cell phone is fully charged and turned off before storing it. We also recommend regularly checking your cell phone and/or landline to ensure it is working properly for emergencies.
  7. Radio: You can choose a hand-crank radio or a battery-powered radio. The purpose of a radio is to keep you up-to-date with local news and local authorities in cases of natural disaster. When you make it into your safe room, this should be one of the first items you grab when you arrive.
  8. Portable Charger: Keep a fully-charged portable charger in your safe room so that you can charge your cell phone or other electronics. However, only use this charger for electronic items that you need to ensure your safety.
  9. Diapers and Baby Food (if necessary): If you have a baby, it is crucial that you keep baby products such as diapers, baby food, wipes, baby powder, toys, etc. This will keep your baby happy and comfortable.
  10. Pet Food and Water (if necessary): During a home intrusion or natural disaster, you will probably bring your furry loved one into the safe room as well. Make sure to keep pet supplies stocked up!  
  11. Potassium Iodide Tablets: If there is a nuclear emergency, these tablets will help protect you against radiation. Potassium Iodide is a stable form of iodine that prevents radioactive iodine from affecting your thyroid gland. This body part is the most sensitive to radioactivity. By having a stash of these pills, you can help protect a vital organ from the risks of radiation.
  12. Weaponry (if necessary): We recommend keeping a knife for a variety of uses. However, keep as much weaponry as you are comfortable with. Especially if you feel that you’ll be in a situation where you might need to protect yourself.
  13. Flashlight: The last thing you want is to sit in the dark. Make sure to have plenty of flashlights or other types of battery powered lighting around.
  14. Duct Tape: Duct tape can come in handy in a variety of situations, whether you’re patching up a hole or combining two items. That is why you should keep it in stock!  
  15. Thermal Blanket and Pillows: You’ll want to make sure you and your family stay warm and cozy during natural disasters in case your electricity goes out. Bring twice as many blankets and pillows as you think you need just in case.
  16. Reading and Writing Materials: Waiting for an emergency to pass can take hours or even days. Keep books, magazines, other reading materials, and supplies to write or draw with to keep you busy while you wait.  
  17. List of Emergency Contacts: Write down a list of emergency contacts and their information so that you have it handy. When outside conditions are no longer a safety hazard, you can contact this list of people to help you.
  18. Fire Extinguisher: It is always good to have a fire extinguisher in your safe room, just in case of any potential fire hazards.
  19. Batteries: Keep a variety of batteries in stock to make sure you always have power for flashlights, radios, and any other battery-operated items. Make sure you always check the expiration date and switch out any old batteries for new ones.
  20. Additional Unique Needs: Make sure that you stock any other unique items that you or a family member would need, such as an EpiPen or other types of necessary medications.


For additional questions about safe rooms, contact a knowledgeable team member at Stronghold Safe Rooms. We make the best-built, best-tested safe rooms in America and would be more than happy to answer any questions you have.