🌠   Melvin Alvarez is a Visual Designer based in San Francisco. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Web Design and New Media.

Flood Preparedness Kit

THE flood preparedness kit is my senior thesis which is a prototype/template made out of ductape strips on a 6 x 8 ft industry-grade tarpaulin. My aim was to design a supplemental flood preparedness and survival kit that can also educate the community about proper precautionary measures along with the benefits of being resourceful. I designed the preparedness kit to provide 4 different functions / transformations: 1 - A 24" x 36" calendar that provides information on monthly average water levels and temperatures, which directly affects flooding intensities. 2 - A 36" x 48" information board containing information on storm signals and proper precautionary measures inserted on a pouch. The guidelines are available in both English and Tagalog. 3 - A 3' x 8' supplemental supply/tool kit that can accomodate various materials that can be useful during flooding. 4 - A 6' x 8' SOS distress symbol that can both be used for search and rescue as well as an overhead shelter. I designed the prototype on a 6 x 8 ft industrial tarp commonly used for construction, as well as protection for debris and harsh environmental elements. The initial idea for the project was to create a multifunctional material that changes its purpose and what it visually communicates on a medium that is readily available and easily customizable to suit the needs of the community using it. The information on the prototype is specifically targeted towards public schools and other designated evacuation shelters in the country. Each transformation can be altered or updated to serve other purposes suitable to where the toolkit will be situated. This project was recognized as a Design for Social Impact Award runner-up by Core77 Design Awards. You can read more about the project here.

Prototype
ductape strips on a 6x8 foot tarpaulin
Otis College of Art and Design / Spring 2014
Mentor: Ana Llorente
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SOS Distress Symbol / Transformation 4

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SOS Distress Symbol / Transformation 4

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SOS Distress Symbol / Transformation 4

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SOS Distress Symbol / Transformation 4

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SOS Distress Symbol / Transformation 4

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SOS Distress Symbol / Transformation 4

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SOS Distress Symbol / Transformation 4

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SOS Distress Symbol / Transformation 4

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SOS Distress Symbol / Transformation 4

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