The Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Centre (APDRC) hosted by the Republic of Korea National Red Cross (KNRC) embarked on a virtual reality journey in 2018 because of the need for more realistic and participatory training in Asia Pacific, the most disaster prone region of the world. VR is one of various experimental disaster safety training tools used by ADPRC.
Working with South Korean education company Tekville Education, and funded by the Red Cross Honors Club, ADPRC disseminated ttwo virtual reality (VR) pilot disaster simulations of 1) a fire in a theatre and 2) a sinking cruise ship. These were then rolled out across five National Socie- ties: Philippines, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Indonesia3. To date over 4,200 young people, Red Cross staff and volunteers have tried the simulations.
This case study is part of the research paper: "Immersive technologies & digital games for school disaster preparedness." Find out more on the topic page (link below)