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New App Teaches Kids About Emergency Preparedness

New App Teaches Kids About Emergency Preparedness
Monster Guard is a great learning tool because it teaches emergency preparedness — and does so in a fun and entertaining way.

A new app from the American Red Cross teaches children emergency preparedness while they play the role of monster characters in a game.

Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies, a free app from the American Red Cross, shows kids how to prevent emergencies, such as home fires, and what to do if severe weather or natural disasters occur. The app is suited for children ages of 7 - 11.

Set in the Monster Guard Academy, the young app user plays a recruit who is preparing for various disasters. Users choose a monster character, go through an initiation, and engage in interactive training episodes for hazards such as floods and hurricanes. After completing all the episodes, the player graduates and becomes a member of the Monster Guard.

“Monster Guard is a great learning tool because it teaches emergency preparedness — and does so in a fun and entertaining way,” says Danielle Hardre, Disaster Program Manager at the Red Cross. “They learn to identify fire hazards, locate a safe room in a house, select items for an emergency supplies kit, and more.”

The best user experience is playing the game on a tablet, but it also works well on other mobile devices. Monster Guard runs on iOS 7 and 8 and Android OS 4x and up. People can go to or text “MONSTER” to 90999 for a direct link to download the app. Children should ask a parent or guardian for permission to download the app.

The Red Cross offers a series of apps that give you instant access to expert guidance on what to do before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. People have used these award-winning apps to save lives and help protect their pets and property. Localized weather alerts and warnings from the apps have allowed you and loved ones to move to a safe place before severe storms strike your area.

Download the apps by searching for Red Cross in your mobile app store or by going to

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. . Learn more at, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).