Emergency Floor Helps Refugees Ward Off Vermin and Diseases

Emergency Floor Helps Refugees Ward Off Vermin and Diseases
Design & Architecture

Humanitarian project addresses the problem of flooring in post-disaster zones, something no agency has yet to do

Jason Brick
  • 19 june 2015

Emergency Floor is a low-cost flooring solution for families who have been affected by natural disasters. Regions struck by climate and conflict disasters frequently have populations forced to depend on camps for shelter. Sleeping directly on the ground exposes people to hypothermia, vermin and infectious diseases, while sleeping off the ground reduces the risk of all three.

The floors begin with repurposed pallets, already delivered to most camps as part of shipping in other relief supplies. Instead of not using the pallets or placing them aside, residents line the floor of the camps as a protecting support. The pallets are beneath Emergency Floor, which itself is made from other repurposed materials found in most refugee camps.

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The design of the floor is made to be comfortable, and durable to fight the climate. The floor could easily be mistaken for mats that you’d find at a gym or a martial arts dojo.

A reason that Scott Key, the designer behind the idea, implemented is because other disaster relief companies cannot provide this. They provide medical care and food, and help build shelters, but no existing agency addresses the problem of flooring. Emergency Floor wants to fill this gap with their own product to assist in the relief of these refugee-filled areas.

Emergency Floor is currently on Indiegogo, with 26 days left in their campaign. The campaign is asking for $50,000 in funds to make this product happen. As of June 19, they’ve made it 20 percent of their goal with over $10,000 in funds. A benefit for those who pledge $50 will receive a drink coaster built as a miniature of the Emergency Floor model. For $250 you’ll receive a set of 6 of these mini floor coasters with their own pallets.

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This campaign isn’t focused on benefiting people outside of the product, the product is being pushed for those in need. For every $1 that is pledged to the campaign, the USAID will match and multiply that pledge by four.

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