In collaboration with Princeton Public Safety, the Office of Environmental Health & Safety welcomes Kevin Pisciella in the role of Emergency Preparedness Specialist.
Pisciella, who came on board in August, is a recent graduate of Temple University, where he worked in the Office of Emergency Management. At Temple, Kevin played a leading role in the design and implementation of campus-wide emergency response exercises, organized preparedness fairs and helped develop a new office website.
Pisciella became interested in emergency preparedness through working as a first responder: as a lifeguard, firefighter and EMT.
“[I] became focused on learning how to best help people while they are experiencing their emergency,” he says. “Often, I’d walk away from the emergency and think about what the victim could have done to either avoid the emergency or at least minimize the harm the emergency caused him or her. It’s so easy to assume that there was no way for an emergency to be avoided but, in reality that often is not the case.”
At Princeton, Pisciella will spearhead emergency preparedness initiatives and outreach in consultation with various campus partners. This includes coordinating drills, creating response plans and finding and addressing gaps in capabilities.
Pisciella says one of his goals is to foster a culture of “everyday preparedness,” encouraging the Princeton community to adopt behaviors that can prevent emergencies and minimize the harm they cause.
“Empowering our community to live out this simple ‘everyday preparedness’ mindset, which exponentially increases our whole community’s safety, is what I really love about my work,” he says.
When not pursuing his passion for preparedness, Pisciella enjoys surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking and kayaking.
He says he’s been gratified by the welcome he’s received at Princeton.
“I’m most excited to serve such a close-knit community,” he says. “Also, I’m tremendously excited to learn from everyone around me—I love knowing that I’m surrounded by such incredibly smart and passionate people.”