How Would Your House Fare in Last House Standing?

The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) has launched a new gaming app to introduce millennials to disaster-resistant building practices. FLASH has stated that its mission is to strengthen homes and safeguard families.  FLASH's app, Last House Standing (free), is aimed at the next generation of homebuyers and builders.

Game Play:

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Each player is only given three minutes and $100,000 to build a house.  The game gives you a chance to choose a location to build and what kind of foundation you would like to use before the three-minute timer begins. Once the timer starts, select what kind of walls, roofing, windows, doors, additions to the house (like a second story or wings), and power ups all while staying within the $100,000 budget. Each item has its strengths and weaknesses, so choose wisely. At the end of the three minutes, three natural disasters are randomly selected to test your new creation.  You must think fast to survive the disasters, but you will quickly learn that it can be done. 

  

This app uses fun to introduce the next generation of homebuyers, home builders, homeowners, and renters to one central idea — that how and where you build is the most fundamental element of disaster survival for families and homes.  For example, if you are building or moving into a home near a large body of water, then you should consider having your home be able to defend against flooding.  Or if you are in the Midwest and have tornadoes, then it would be best to have a shelter or basement.  And with all of the wild fires taking over the western states, knowing how to protect your home could mean the difference between your home turning into ash or surviving the fires and protecting all of the sentimental items you can't replace.

While this app is a game, the project idea grew from research, including FEMA’s Preparedness in America report on public preparedness and perceptions that indicated that 58 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds surveyed failed to recognize disaster safety as a priority. So Flash is offering a “new way” to interact with this next generation and remind us all about an aspect of life that is usually overlooked.  

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