The Stop Disasters Game allows you to anticipate and mitigate the affects of 5 common natural disasters: tsunami, hurricane, wildfire, earthquake and flood.
This disaster simulation game, (from the United Nations (UN) and International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)- which brings many agencies, organizations, universities and institutions together in attempts to save lives and reduce industries and destruction caused by natural hazards), enables players to experience 5 natural environmental hazards (wildfires, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and hurricanes), by understanding their risks and applying effective methods of prevention and mitigation.
Players realize, that simple measures effectively applied, do save lives. Your role is to plan and construct a safer environment, assess the disaster risk for the 5 environmental disaster hazards, while attempting to limit the damage when natural hazards strike. You are confronted with advice along the way; some will be good, and other will be bad.
The target audience includes students who benefit by being exposed to the risks posed by natural disasters, so if/when they are confronted, they will be better enabled to survive during disasters. Instruction is enhanced by fact sheets and teacher guides. Although a single player game, it can be played collaboratively in groups which encourages collaboration and discussion. An ‘information’ section facilitates accessing additional educational material for players.
Each disaster scenario takes 10-20 minutes, depending on the disaster you are trying to prevent, as well as your skill level. You may choose from: easy, medium or hard levels of difficulty. Play as often as you choose. Highest scores are kept track of and recorded, which also encourages competing against everyone in the world.
Image files of the disasters can be downloaded to facilitate comprehension of factors (i.e. hurricane defences: reinforced concrete, storm shutters, and secure doors). Players are given tasks and challenges (i.e. to think about what you can do to protect the people and their property in a tsunami; and given choices between different types of housing and effective upgrades. You must choose the best options, enabling you to save as many people as you possibly can.