New emergency preparedness game for children launched by FEMA and American Red Cross

October 16, 2023

FEMA’s Ready Campaign and the American Red Cross have joined forces to introduce a new game aimed at teaching children about disaster readiness.

A fun way to promote emergency preparedness among children

The game titled “Prepare with Pedro: An Adventure in Emergency Preparedness,” comes with an additional Super-Prepared Penguin Expansion Pack and Penguin Points Score Sheet.

Aimed at kids, the game is designed to be played solo, with peers, under adult supervision, or in an educational setting.

Through gameplay, children learn to recognize various disasters, particularly those prevalent in their region, and acquire skills to prep in advance and stay safe during such events.

Voices from the helm: importance of preparedness

At FEMA, Administrator Deanne Criswell remarked: “Getting children involved is critical for building a national culture of preparedness.

“This game is a fun way to teach them how to be ready and feel confident, so they know what to do in the event of an emergency.”

Echoing these sentiments, Gail McGovern, the President and CEO of the American Red Cross, noted: “As climate-related disasters continue to become more frequent and intense, preparedness is more critical than ever before.

“Together, we hope to inspire a new generation to be ready for the emergencies they may face through our Prepare with Pedro program.”

Resources and where to find them

Those interested can access “Prepare with Pedro: An Adventure in Emergency Preparedness Game” as well as the additional components for free either as a digital download or by mail order here.

Furthermore, this game complements the 28-page “Prepare with Pedro: Disaster Preparedness Activity Book” that was jointly developed by FEMA and the American Red Cross.

The activity book can be found here.

The agencies will also release more hazard-specific storybooks as part of the Prepare with Pedro series later this year.

FSJA Comment

Engaging and informative tools such as this game by leading organizations like FEMA and the American Red Cross underscores the growing need to impart emergency preparedness skills to younger generations.

With the increasing frequency of climate-related disasters, instilling a sense of readiness in children not only equips them with vital knowledge but also aids in fostering a community-wide culture of preparedness.

Games and activities are effective mediums to communicate these essential lessons, ensuring that the next generation grows up with the tools they need to face potential challenges.

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