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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) —  A new Red Cross app is aiming to teach children about emergency preparedness while making it fun.

Children between the ages of 7 and 11 can learn how to prevent or act in emergency situations by playing games on the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies app.

The user can role-play as a monster recruit who trains to prepare for disasters and practice what to do if one happens.

They go through the initiation and engage in interactive training episodes for hazards such as tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.

“Monster Guard is emergency preparedness disguised as fun,” said Carlos Castillo, Regional Disaster Officer for the South Florida Region Red Cross. “Children direct the monsters to identify fire hazards, locate a safe room in a house, select items for an emergency supplies kit and more.”

If the child completes all the episodes he or she will graduate and become a member of the ‘Monster Guard.’

For those interested in downloading the app, click here.  The app is compatible with iPhone and Android phones.

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