Sumayyah Ahmad

Associate student
Sumayyah Ahmad

As a mother who witnessed the devastating 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, Sumayyah Ahmad realised the importance of spontaneous volunteers in crisis management. However, because of the lack of the training, emergency service organisations were hesitant to involve spontaneous volunteers. 

Sumayyah was chosen to represent her College at the first meeting of the United Nations Youth Pakistan and received a distinction and first position in her class for her Master’s Degree. She is now studying the social media engagement of spontaneous volunteers in emergency disaster management at Curtin University.

Student project

Spontaneous volunteers can assist emergency services in crisis situations by providing complementary expertise and resources. This research analyses advances in technology and social media and how they have enabled spontaneous volunteers to participate in the actual crisis communication for major disasters.
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