Build resilience in your community with this handy How-To Guide!
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On October 29th 2012, Hurricane Sandy leftæhundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry and without power. The impact on the coastal communities was devastating, and left us all wondering – what do we do? How do we recover from this, and how do we prepare for the future? The solution is two-fold:
Relief: rebuild homes, neighborhoods, businesses, and schools that were affected by the storm.
Resilience: build skills, confidence, support networks, and awareness.
We’re grateful for organizations that do the former. And as a company that designs interactive games, we’re committed to helping with the latter! Which is why we have created Disaster Preparedness Games for companies, schools, non-profits and neighborhoods.
This weekend, The Go Game was invited to Moonachie New Jersey to join forces withæBergen VOADæto produce a Zombie Family Disaster Preparedness Day. (Because if you are ready for zombies… you are ready for anything!)æ
The game was a huge success, and we’d love to see these types of events in every community accross the country. The beauty is… anyone can do it!
Here is a How-To Guide:
1) Pick a theme. It could be “zombies” it could be “superheroes” it could be “godzilla” it could be “vampires”. But make it interesting!æ
2) Engage The Community. Invite first responders, relief agencies, and local non-profits to share information and resources.
3) Make it a game! Turn each learning moment into an activity. As players complete the activities, they receive a stamp in their “passport”, and redeem those stamps for prizes.æ
4) Prizes! Super important! These are items that can be added to personal Emergency Kits, like hand-crank flashlights, first aid kits, zombie survival packs, toys, and non-perishable food. By the end of the game, each individual will have an Emergency Kit that is well-stocked and ready to go.æ
4) Volunteers. Local high school and college students make excellent zombies.æ
5) Mascot. No necessary, but highly recommended. Preferably someone who is incredibly serious about the job.æ
6) Most importantly, have fun! Tackle disaster preparedness with your community in a way that is engaging and memorable.æ