Red Cross: App helps children prepare for disasters

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Out of the millions of games and apps available on your phone, there’s at least one you definitely won’t mind your kids getting their hands on.

“The Monster Guard app is a great way for kids ages 7 to 11 to learn about how to prepare for emergencies and what to do when a disaster strikes in their community or near their home,” explained Cally Edwards, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northeastern North Carolina.

The free app from the Red Cross is an interactive game that teaches kids how to prepare for everything from fires to weather disasters.

“They do different activities like learn how to build a preparedness kit or what kind of emergencies are likely in their state and different ways to respond to those emergencies,” added Edwards.

While the app is a fun, interactive way for kids to learn all about disaster preparedness, the Red Cross is really hoping they take what they learn here to the next level.

“Kids will bring these conversations home to their parents or their guardians and their families and talk about what are we gonna do in a disaster event, what’s our family plan,” said Edwards.

A 2014 FEMA study finds that families of kids who bring disaster preparedness materials home are more likely to have disaster supplies, participate in drills at home, and have a disaster plan.

“It’s really about learning those skills and how to respond and be effective in emergencies so everyone remains safe,” said Edwards.

It’s an app that could end up be a lifesaver for you and your family.

Download the “Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies” app.

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