Red Cross App Aims to Prep Kids for Emergencies

The Red Cross has launched a free app for children between the ages of seven and 11. It’s designed to teach kids about emergency preparedness while they play a game as monster characters.

According to, “The free app, ‘Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies,’ is a game to learn how to prevent emergencies, such as home fires, and what to do if severe weather or natural disasters occur. Set in the ‘Monster Guard Academy,’ the young app user is a recruit who trains to prepare for disasters and practice what to do if one happens. Users can role-play as various monster characters, go through the initiation and engage in interactive training episodes for hazards such as home fires, floods and hurricanes. If a player completes all the episodes, he or she will graduate and become a member of the ‘Monster Guard.’”

“Monster Guard teaches emergency preparedness while young players are having fun,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region, in the article. “The game provides an exciting and interactive way for children to learn about preparedness as they direct the monsters to identify fire hazards, practice an escape plan, select items for an emergency kit and more.”


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