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New "Disaster Mind" Game Teaches Importance of Disaster Preparedness

 

A new online educational game designed to teach high school students about decision making during disasters is now available! Disaster Mind was developed by FEMA Region 8 in partnership with iThrive Games Foundation, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that uses game design and game-based learning tools to help students develop skill sets that support their mental health and well-being.

Disaster Mind challenges and encourages participants to make critical decisions in the face of three simulated disaster scenarios: a flood, a wildfire and a blizzard. Complicating their quest, a mysterious guide creates challenges for the participants during game play.

Disaster Mind is a new and fun way for FEMA to empower students with preparedness information as they transition from high school into the next stage of their lives,” said FEMA Region 8 Administrator Nancy Dragani. “The game provides a safe environment for players to develop their decision-making skills and practice taking quick action to help others.”

Emergency managers and educators can implement the game and supporting educational materials in any existing disaster readiness or preparedness curricula. Want to schedule a demonstration from the development team? Reach out to FEMA-Region-8-Youth@fema.dhs.gov for support or a walkthrough of the game.

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