Before the Storm


Before the Storm is a decision-making game designed to introduce the weather forecasts and possible actions to take against natural disasters through different roles. The object of the game is to win the most rounds by playing an action card from one’s hand to best “match” that round’s communal forecast card as chosen by that round’s judging player.

Learning objectives

Players learn about weather forecasts, making appropriate decisions for different lead times and encourages players to argue their choice.

Intended audience

Community members/donors/disaster managers/volunteers/branch officers etc.  

Playspace requirements

Big tables, with enough space for players to walk around and enough space to accomodate a majority of the game cards.


This game is inspired by ‘Apples to Apples’. It has been modified by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, with support from Extra Ludic.

For this game is needed:

Participants: 4-7
Facilitator skill: */***
Minutes for gameplay: 0 - 30 min