After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017, there were several live videos on social media websites were people were stranded in their homes, or in public buildings, with rising flood waters. They were specifically asking for people to send boats to help.
We felt so helpless, as there was nothing we could do for these stranded people. It was at that point we realized that every household or any large public space located in or close to a flood zone simply must have some sort of lifeboat for people to escape when the need arises. Over the past few decades, the world has seen an overabundance of storms, tsunamis, and other causes of rising flood waters. There does not seem to be any relief in sight.
After much thought, we decided it was not very practical or feasible for everyone to have a boat. For those living in apartments or small homes, it is simply a matter of space. Where would they keep such a vessel? The same question goes for public spaces: Where would a library or school keep boats? We then thought about inflatable rafts that could be stored in closets, under beds, in garages, or other inconspicuous areas. The problem with this solution is that inflatable rafts will dry rot over time and may not be available when an emergency arises. There is little worse than needing something in a dire situation, only to have it not work at the required time.
This is when we thought of a boat that served multiple uses. The majority of the time it could be used for another purpose, then easily converted into a life saving vessel when needed.
Our immediate thought was a book case that transformed into a boat. This is something that every home, school, library, coffee shop, or any other public space could use. As a book case, it will have a very practical application in your home, and the added benefit is you will have peace of mind that you are fully prepared in an emergency.