Unboxing Disaster Preparedness in Aurora, Philippines

July 15, 2019

Master of Disaster (MOD), ASSIST’s social action project, is an inclusive, informative, and fun-packed board game that teaches children aged nine-years-old and above how to prepare and actively respond to common disasters in the Philippines.

During the past quarter, the team behind MOD has been focused on improving the board game, scaling production, and establishing stronger partnerships to ensure disaster preparedness education is easily accessible for everyone.

With the help of the Philippine and German Red Cross, the MOD board games are now available in English, Taglish, and Ilocano. They will be distributed to select communities in Northern Luzon as part of the Red Cross’ disaster readiness kits. Furthermore, numerous individuals will be trained to pass on the best disaster preparedness practices to their communities, assuring sustained impact.

Among the selected beneficiaries are schools and the Municipality of Dingalan, Aurora. Bolstered by the financial support provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Direct Aid Program, ASSIST met with local government representatives Mayor Shierwin Taay, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office Head Christias Dagasdas and other Management Committee members to plan and coordinate the provision and roll out of MOD to disaster prone communities and schools. More activities aimed at teaching disaster preparedness in the province of Aurora are set to happen in the coming weeks.