What is a Safe Room

Real Estate Agent with Best Connections Realty, Inc.

What is a safe room?  If you live in Florida, you need to know.  We live in Paradise, but once in a while Mother Nature rears her head and we have to oblige.


We've been in Florida for 22 years.  This is the second time we've had to really worry.  But the truth is, there is something to worry about pretty much wherever you live - earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, snow and ice.  The good thing with hurricanes, if there is a good thing, is that you have time to leave. We didn't.


We chose to stay.  We're inland, about 15-20 minutes from the beach.  When we hear hurricane, we go into "hurricane mode."  You need supplies.  You need to figure out which room will be your safe room. A safe room is a room with no windows, usually a closet or laundry room, unless you have a very large home and can devote one room full time to being a safe room.  Then you load with it with supplies so when the bad part of the hurricane hits, you go to your safe room.  


I downloaded apps so I could check in with people, see what's going on and prayed they worked.  WhatsApp worked best for me.


pet friendly condos in highland beach floridaI set our safe room up in the master closet.  I brought in bottles of water, snacks for both the doigs and us, bedding, cell phones, iPad, back-up chargers, flashlights, lanterns,  radio, cards, games if you have kids, etc, etc.  I even downloaded movies - a first for me.  There isn't much to do sitting in a dark room, if your power goes out.  The movies turned out to be a lifesaver.


Luckily, we had power until Sunday late afternoon, so it wasn't too bad.  Others have not fared as well. We watched movies and I texted when I had service, which was spotty.  I was supposed to be on Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 's radio show  Sunday at noon, but they couldn't hear me from our safe room, and the wind was whipping way too bad for me to leave.


pet friendly condos in highland beach floridaStores sell out like when they say snow storm up north.  People stock up on batteries, bread, peanut butter and various supplies.  Stores shelves were empty.  Gas was and still is hard to come by.  


It isn't pleasant, but would I leave?  No.  Because there is always something to deal with wherever you live, and the pluses of living in beautiful south Florida outweigh the minuses - for me.



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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Wow - that must have been a tense weekend cooped up in a closet. But it makes sense to dedicate a space in your house for that purpose. 

Sep 13, 2017 08:01 AM #16
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Glad you are safe, Elyse Berman, PA, CRS ... the pics of the hurricane were horrific.  Your sharing of this info is a timely alert and reminder ... a tutorial of how to handle dangerous situations.  You never know who you might have assisted and kept safe by doing it ...


Sep 13, 2017 08:27 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Elyse

Glad to hear all is well overall. This makes lots of sense in terms of preparation, and not waiting til the last moment. I know a number of people who stayed in their homes rather than evacuate.


Sep 13, 2017 10:04 AM #18
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We do below ground shelters in Oklahoma but this wouldn't do for a hurricane not being water tight.

Sep 13, 2017 11:22 AM #19
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Glad to hear you are safe. Having a safe room is a good idea as is having adequate supplies for when a disaster strikes. 

Sep 13, 2017 11:50 AM #20
Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent

Hi Elyse you have all been through so much. I learned a lot reading your post. We don't have to create safe rooms here in Phoenix but if we ever move to an area that needs one I will know what to do thanks to you.

Sep 13, 2017 05:27 PM #21
Katie B. Cullum
Castle Pines North, CO

So glad you made it safely through the storm and thanks for the description in preparing for your safe room ~ and you said it, there's "something" everywhere and being prepared is your best outcome.
:-) Hope the clean up isn't too bad for you as well!

Sep 13, 2017 05:58 PM #22
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

I'm glad you survived, Elyse Berman, PA, CRS. I grew up in Oklahoma where there is a constant threat of tornados. We had a concrete storm cellar inside the home we had built. I think it was pretty safe there. It would have been a death trap if it were in Florida. 

Our previous home had a storm cellar 40 feet from our back door. When a tornado came in suddenly, we could not get to it in time. Hence the storm cellar inside our next home.

BTW we called the cellar a "fraidy hole."

Sep 13, 2017 07:56 PM #23
Fred Sweezer Sr.
Hud Certified 203K Consultant - Long Beach, CA
Certified Home Inspector

Be prepared like a Realtor in Florida know what your area and how to survive get a safe room, the post was very timely and i am glad you survived the worst part of the Hurricane, Thanks for the post.  

Sep 14, 2017 03:13 AM #24
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I'm glad you were safe! Everyone in the path of the storm had to make a decision on whether to stay or go. I'm glad all turned out well with you.

Sep 14, 2017 03:26 AM #25
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Glad to hear you are safe. You share an important point by emphasizing the need for preparation. If a person decides to stay when a hurricane approaches, they need to know what they are facing in that decision and be prepared.

Having a Safe Room is essential. 

Thanks for sharing.

Sep 14, 2017 04:15 AM #26
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

You can never be over prepared for disasters like this.  Just plan way before you face the situation

Sep 14, 2017 04:34 AM #27
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

With all the tornado warnings, we spent some time in our safe room on Sunday evening.  Tight quarters.  Now, if only our power were restored.

Sep 14, 2017 06:37 AM #28
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kind of like camping, but in your closet. LOL

Glad to hear you did well and are getting back to normal.

Sep 14, 2017 10:15 AM #29
Deepak Chauhan MCNE®
Versailles Property - Irvine, CA
Yes, I will sweeten the deal

I no case you should fight with a mother. If you have a choice do not fight mother nature.

Sep 14, 2017 01:31 PM #30
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Glad you were prepared and safe. I've never been in a situation like this.

Sep 14, 2017 05:00 PM #31
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

I'm with you Elyse Berman, PA, CRS . I'm in Pinellas County and I didn't leave either, although I wondered if I had made the right decision when I was in the dark hearing all the tree limbs hit my roof. But we make it. No power for 5 days but no damage to the house either. It would take a lot more than a hurricane for me to leave paradise. 

Sep 18, 2017 01:39 PM #32
Jessie James
The Good Guys - Aliso Viejo, CA
The Good Guys with an Eye for a Great Investment

I really feel sorry for the people who got hit by Hurricane Irma. Praying for their fast recovery from this event. 

I totally agree with you. I think safety rooms are great idea! I think it is really wise to invest on something that you know you and your family can benefit from in the future. We'll never know what's going to happen the next day, so it won't hurt to be ready. 

Although I am not in Florida and wa not in anyway affected by the recent event, it still got me thinking. What else can I do to make secure my family future? I recently learned about this Retirement Plan  and I think it really has a great potential. 

I think people should really start looking into something like this too. All the best to you and the peole in Florida! 

Sep 19, 2017 08:40 PM #33
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Although in my 4 decades here in Charlotte, I've only experienced one natural disaster (Hurricane Hugo) and that was all it took for me to put together an emergency 'box' that we keep refreshed annually, Elyse! 

I'm thrilled to hear that you're okay and how wonderfully prepared you are for these things - I love the safe room idea and know that takes a lot of the pressure off of you when you first hear a storm is brewing.

Preparedness is the key to SO much in life and this is one of those BIGGIES!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Elyse!

Sep 22, 2017 05:03 PM #34
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Yes, we ruined a flashlight when we first started keeping our emergency box, Elyse - same way! Now, we check it every year - and keep the batteries separate from the radio and flashlights!

Enjoy your Sunday as well, Elyse!

Sep 24, 2017 06:36 AM #35
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