Online Game Teaches Tsunami Recovery

This holiday season marks the anniversary of the Asian tsunami that killed nearly 230,000 people on Boxing Day, 2004. Subsequent public donations to the British Red Cross allowed the charity to mount its largest recovery effort since the Second World War.

An article on the UK Guardian website says the British Red Cross has developed a game show that demonstrates how the relief money was spent.

“Now we want to tell the story of how the money people gave was spent and the difference it has made to people’s lives,” Alastair Burnett, the British Red Cross disaster recovery manager, told the Guardian.

The online game puts users in the recovery manager’s shoes. Users must direct and coordinate the tsunami response, making decisions about who gets help first, what to spend the money on, and what results to focus on in the long and short term.

To read the UK Guardian article, please click here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2009/dec/09/british-red-cross-tsunami