How a Board Game Can Prepare You For an Earthquake

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Did you know that across the globe there are an average of 50 earthquakes per day?

If your business is located in an area prone to tremors, it's a good idea to be prepared, but planning for an earthquake isn't exactly an adrenaline rush, which makes it difficult to encourage employees to get involved in the planning process. For this reason, a Texas A&M University doctoral student has created a board game that can aid in earthquake preparation and recovery planning.

The game requires collaboration as well as individual creativity. There are four groups, each drawing cards that represent which city council member they will be. Based on their job descriptions, the council members might have to develop buildings, codes or regulations that can withstand earthquakes.

Each team then has to choose what to build within their city and how to allocate resources. If buildings have certain codes, there need to be inspectors to ensure those codes are being followed.

While this game is no substitute for comprehensive planning for your business, it can help jumpstart the planning process. To help make sure you've covered all your bases, take a look at our earthquake preparedness checklist.