Thursday, February 14, 2013

Featured: 2/14/2013 Disaster Hero [Safety]

Disaster Hero is a free online game designed to teach children aged 6-13, parents, and teachers how to prepare for disasters. The overall goals are to ensure that players know what to do before, during, and after a disaster.

Parents and teachers are included in Disaster Hero so that the family and school are familiar with the main concepts of disaster preparedness: make a plan, get a kit, and be informed.

Disaster Hero covers four main topic areas:

  1. Basic preparedness steps (get a kit, make a plan, and be informed) to protect the participant and family before, during, and immediately following an emergency.
  2. Common disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes), their associated danger signals, typical effects, common injuries, and appropriate responses.
  3. Basic quick-care tips and techniques for common injuries.
  4. Basic information about geographic-specific disasters.

There are three levels of difficulty in Disaster Hero: Bronze level is recommended for early readers (grades 1 through 3), Silver is recommended for average readers (grades 4 through 6), and Gold is recommended for advanced readers (grades 7 and 8).

Disaster Hero will work with all major web browsers, but you must have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed. This program is  administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.


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