Snakes and Ladders to the Rescue
Using a game to help communities recover more quickly from serious flooding.
Recovering from a flooded home can be a nightmare. But real-life experiences have inspired the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University to develop an imaginative game that could make the process less drawn-out and distressing in future. The aim is to give emergency planners and insurers, for example, a clearer picture of the challenges and traumas involved in flood recovery and so enable them to meet people's needs more effectively.
The concept emerged from an LWEC-accredited study tracking the experiences of householders in Hull affected by flooding in 2007. "One participant mentioned that coping with the aftermath is like a game of snakes and ladders," says Dr Beccy Whittle. "We thought this would be a brilliant way of raising awareness of what flood recovery actually entails."
This work was developed under the Living With Environmental Change-accredited Flood, Vulnerability and Urban Resilience Study.