For those facing floods and rising sea levels, designers at Yanko Designs have developed the Duckweed Survival House, allowing people to seal up and stay upright in case dangerous winds or rain would threaten their safety.

The Duckweed Survival House is a floating emergency shelter designed to elevate survival rates and assist with rescues in disaster situations such as tsunamis and floods. An alternative to exposed life rafts, the enclosed design providers shelter from the elements and even large waves that have potential to overthrow or exhaust survivors. The weight underneath ensures the unit won’t tip over and is stabilizing in rough waters.

The ball at the bottom acts to keep the flotation device balanced and upright.  It also intakes water and filters it with reverse osmosis so the people on-board have fresh drinking water.

It inflates quickly due to a carbon dioxide gas chamber in the bulb that acts as a pump.  Fresh air also enters the raft through an air filter on top.

Individual shelters can be clustered together to increase stability and improve visibility.  Because they are marked with fluorescent markings, they are easily seen at night.

The design won the 2015 Red Dot award and promises to be life-changing in times of need.

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