Morlino honored for emergency management

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PAWLET — Robert Morlino has been named the Vermont Emergency Management Director of the Year.

The award was bestowed on Morlino at the Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference in Fairlee in September.

Emergency management directors are the linchpin for emergency planning, response and recovery in cities and towns who coordinate between residents, local governments, first responders and the state, and are responsible for the administration and coordination of the local organization for emergency management.

The award recognizes and celebrates Morlino's excellence in this role.

Morlino was one of the first emergency management directors to receive an official certification from the state of Vermont and has guided Pawlet through several natural disasters and emergencies.

His nomination noted: Like a great actor who has been often nominated for an Academy Award, but has never gotten the Oscar, Morlino is overdue.

This year, the Morlino's "excellence, knowledge, geniality, dedication, being a teacher to others — are supplemented by the fact that he did a stellar job dealing with flooding that happened in his community on Jan. 19. That afternoon, Flower Brook jumped its banks, and very quickly the firehouse in Pawlet needed to be abandoned. Morlino set up an alternate emergency operations center, had multiple communications with the state watch officer, requested VTrans resources to deal with the ice jam, and generally followed his local emergency plan and kept everything moving in the right direction during a stressful time. His after action follow-through was detailed and exemplary. Bob knew what needed to be done and he did it well. He is worthy of recognition this year as an EMD exemplar."

For more information on the Emergency Management Director Program visit: www.vem.vermont.gov/programs/emd.

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