An interactive game made by a schoolboy in his bedroom highlights how preparing for a natural disaster can help mitigate their effects.
Fourteen-year-old Morgan Spence of Kilbarchan, Scotland, made the film Disaster Island, using Lego characters, a basic webcam and a laptop in his bedroom ‘studio’ and it has now been launched by the Red Cross to help show how being prepared can protect communities at risk from natural disasters.
The stop-motion film is the centrepiece of a British Red Cross campaign to help people understand the importance of ‘resilience’ – the ability to prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters.
With typhoons, earthquakes and a landslide lurking, the Disaster Island Challenge, uses Lego to depict scenarios for players to choose where they’d prefer to live – on a farm, in a bustling city or by the coast.
“The terrible flooding in parts of the UK at the moment shows that disasters don’t just happen on the other side of the world,” Morgan, a third year pupil at Johnstone High School, said.
“Making Disaster Island has taught me a lot about the Red Cross and the work they do at home and abroad. I understand how important resilience is - being properly prepared can save lives.
“If my film helps other people understand the importance of resilience and makes them think, then I’ll be very proud. It’s a film with a serious message but I had a lot of fun making it and I’m sure people will have fun playing the game.”
Paul Jenkins, Red Cross head of partnership development, said: “Disaster Island highlights the importance of resilience in a simple way. It illustrates the need to work with communities to take action beforehand to make sure that the impact of disasters is drastically reduced.
“Our work to build resilience within communities has been guiding what we do for decades and is as important now as ever.”