New Online Video Game Teaches Children About Emergency Preparedness

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The American College of Emergency Physicians has created an online video game -- called "Disaster Hero" -- that aims to help children prepare for emergency situations and common disasters, NPR's "Shots" reports.

ACEP used a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop the online game over three years.

Details of Online Game

The online game targets children in grades one through eight and includes three levels associated with children's reading ability.

The game aims to teach children:  

  • The basics of preparedness;
  • Danger signs;
  • The effects of common disasters; and
  • How to deal with certain injuries.

"Disaster Hero" features a game show-style format where children can create online personas to compete with cartoon characters. It also includes arcade games, puzzles and quizzes to teach children about escape routes, how to avoid certain hazards and what to include in emergency kits (Zuraw, "Shots," NPR, 1/29).


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