Robinson named LEPC chairman

From Staff Reports

   Jim Burrough, director of the Elizabethton/Carter County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), announced the formation of a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) on Friday. Bob Robinson, a reporter for the Elizabethton Star, will serve as volunteer chairman of the committee, Burrough said.
   "Much of the work of the LEPC will focus on identifying hazards, chemicals and non-chemicals, in our community which might pose a threat to first responders and emergency services personnel responding to an emergency," Burrough said.
   Operating under the direction of the EMA, the LEPC will work with city and county officials, representatives of local business and industry, emergency services personnel, and the general public to meet standards set under state and federal law.
   According to Burrough, Robinson was asked to chair the committee because of his "broad experience in corporate safety loss prevention and emergency preparedness planning and administration at local and national levels."
   "While serving as a volunteer public information officer in the Cleveland/Bradley County Civil Defense organization, Bob helped prepare an emergency operations plan for Cleveland and Bradley County," Burrough said. "He also designed a tornado awareness campaign which was later distributed by the State of Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to all 95 counties in Tennessee."
   Robinson said Friday he does not foresee any conflict of interest between his job at the Star and his chairmanship of the committee.
   "I certainly hope there won't be any conflict of interest," said Robinson. "If there is a possible conflict, I would certainly recuse myself from making decisions."
   Robinson said his main goal for the committee is to "facilitate the process of writing grants" to acquire equipment for local emergency services organizations.
   Other members of the LEPC will be announced in coming weeks, Burrough said.