IEEE Malaysia Section & IEEE Student Branch – Disaster Preparation and Injury Prevention Safety

The IEEE Malaysia Section and the IEEE Student Branch of Universiti Sains Malaysia partnered with Mercy Malaysia, a non-profit that provides relief, sustainable development and risk reduction to vulnerable communities. Together, they are built a body of knowledge on electrical safety that high school students used to educate the residents of the eastern coastal states of Peninsular Malaysia where flooding regularly occurs. 

With a $5,000 grant from EPICS in IEEE, the team is developed procedures and related information people can use to safeguard electrical appliances before evacuating their homes – and also how to safely perform appliance repairs after they return. Students at a vocational high school were taught preventative measures and repair techniques, and were instructed to share this information with their families and communities. 

This community is protecting themselves against the elements, and is making strides towards ensuring safety for all thanks to EPICS team members and volunteers. 

Author: Michele Currenti

Michele is a creative content intern in Educational Activities at IEEE. She is currently pursing her masters in Voice & Opera at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also completed a Bachelor of Science in Brain & Cognitive Science at the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music. She is interested in finding the various intersections of science and the arts to better humanity.