Educational Escape Room, Escape Room, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Preparedness


The purpose of the disaster escape room is to teach five aspects of emergency preparedness:

  1. Practice drop, cover, and hold on (for earthquake safety)

  2. Identify useful items for a disaster supply kit

  3. Identify safe water storage

  4. Decide on an outside-the-home and neighborhood meeting place

  5. Create a hard copy list of important contacts

The disaster escape room is an engaging team-building experience where people can experience light pressure in a controlled disaster environment. The disaster escape room was created for the Disaster Discovery Center (DDC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching emergency preparedness.

The disaster escape room was designed in part through using the escapED Framework and Self-Determination theory. The escape room is portable and easy to set up. Simple directions are included so volunteers can learn how to run and use the escape room. The escape room is designed to be a short but powerful experience with a 3-minute optional beginning activity, a 20-minute timer to finish the escape room, followed by a 3-minute debrief. The debrief gives participants an opportunity to express what they learned, engage in a short discussion about disaster preparedness, take a picture with signs and props, and leave with a pamphlet or handout along with their personalized family communication plan card. The escape room can adapt to a variety of locations and is available for use at various conferences, expos, fundraisers, or other events.

Streaming Media

Project Type

Design/Development Project

Publication Date



David O. McKay School of Education


Instructional Psychology and Technology


Not for Profit

Master's Project or PhD Project

Masters Project

Additional Files

Disaster Escape Room Instruction Manual.pdf (6127 kB)