Robert (Bob) Morlino of Pawlet is the Vermont Emergency Management Director of the Year. The award was bestowed on Morlino at the Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference in Fairlee September 7, 2019.
Emergency Management Directors are the linchpin for emergency planning, response, and recovery in cities and towns. EMDs coordinate between residents, local governments, first responders, and the state, and are responsible for the organization, administration, and coordination of the local organization for emergency management. This award recognizes and celebrates excellence in this role. Morlino was one of the first EMDs to receive their official certification from the state of Vermont and has guided Pawlet through several natural disasters and other 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 characteristics which usually attach to Bob’s nomination — excellence, knowledge, geniality, dedication, being a teacher to others — are supplemented by the fact that he did a stellar job dealing with flooding which happened in his community on January 19, 2019. That afternoon, Flower Brook jumped its banks, and very quickly the firehouse in Pawlet needed to be abandoned. EMD Bob Morlino set up an alternate EOC, 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. Without getting into too much detail, Bob knew what needed to be done and he did it well. He is worthy of recognition this year as an EMD exemplar.”
Town of Pawlet Emergency Management Team: Bob Morlino, Director; Jay Luebke, Coordinator; Elizabeth Gibson, Public Information Officer