Director of Safety & Emergency Management Helps Pine Street Inn Navigate Crises
In the summer of 2019, Pine Street Inn hired Brian Nowlan for a newly-created position, responsible for overseeing all safety and emergency management. Nowlan's knowledge and expertise have proven invaluable during the global pandemic.
Below is a condensed excerpt of our conversation with Brian about his work as we look ahead.
Your title is Director of Safety and Emergency Management. What does that mean in the context of Pine Street Inn?
"My job is to proactively prepare for any kind of safety crisis that we should have a plan for. Typically, that includes fires, weather events, and medical issues.
The first priority was to meet our teams and learn how I could support them and improve risk management. This was going well until Covid-19. My role quickly shifted to all things related to Covid-19. I lead the agency’s Covid-19 task force and oversee planning, infection control, testing, PPE supplies and disinfection.
Every time that I receive a package of homemade masks from kind donors, I really can't say how thankful I and the rest of our team here are to have such generous supporters."