Tuesday, January 13, 2015

American Red Cross 'Monster Guard' App Teaches Kids About Emergency Preparedness

American Red Cross has launched a new free app, “Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies” that teaches kids about emergency preparedness and disasters. The app is intended for 7- to 11-year-olds and guides them in a game style format. The format is set in the Monster Guard Academy, where the user is a recruit who trains to prepare for disasters (e.g., home fires, severe weather) and practices what to do if one happens. “The Monster Guard App game is emergency preparedness disguised as fun,” says American Red Cross's Russ Paulsen. “As children direct the monsters to identify fire hazards, locate a safe room in a house and select items needed for their emergency supplies kit, they are learning how to prepare for emergencies,” he says.

The app is best experienced on a tablet, but it will also work on other mobile devices. The app is available for iOS 7 and I platforms and Android OS 4x and up. For more information or to download the app, visit www.redcross.org/monsterguard.