"This video game is an exciting new way to reach young people with the preparedness message," said Mike Chamness, IEMA senior policy adviser and chairman of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force.
"While the game uses an earthquake scenario and should increase awareness of the earthquake risk in Illinois, it also drives home the importance of having a preparedness kit at your home and being prepared for all types of disasters," Chamness
The game, called "The Day the Earth Shook," was developed by the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago
, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
and the Center for Public Safety and Justice
, which is within the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois
The project, which had a total cost of $286,000, was funded through federal homeland security grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
said Benton's location within the New Madrid Seismic Zone made BGS
a prime spot for the release of the game.
One student even asked Chamness
if the game would feature more levels of competition.