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Factors Influencing the Activity and Perceived Effectiveness of Virginia Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)
Unformatted Document Text:  Hypothesis 1 The number of facilities that submit reports to an LEPC will influence the levels of activity and the proactive efforts of Virginia LEPCs. Hypothesis 2 The population of the planning district will influence the levels of activity and the proactive efforts of Virginia LEPCs. Hypothesis 3 The type of LEPC (county, city or joint) will influence the levels of activity and the proactive efforts of Virginia LEPCs. Hypothesis 4 The combined effects of these three factors will influence the levels of activity and the proactive efforts of Virginia LEPCs. Virginia designated LEPCs based on local government jurisdiction. While some county and city governments opted to work collaboratively forming a joint LEPC, most encompass only one local government. Therefore, there are 110 LEPCs across Virginia typically responsible for a small planning district. The population and number of facilities vary considerably. LEPCs cover populations ranging from 2,510 to 1,032,865. Survey respondents reported from 0 to 360 facilities submitting reports to their LEPC. We first completed a Pearson’s r correlation analysis to look for relationships among the number of facilities, population, and LEPC type. Since we use two dummy variables for the LEPC type—a city dummy variable and joint dummy variable—in the logistic regression, we use these in the correlation analysis as well. Table 2 shows the results. Population is significantly related (p < .01) to the number of facilities (r = .798). While there are other significant relationships between these factors, the correlation coefficients are smaller. Given the close relationship between the number of facilities and 17

Authors: Templeton, Jill. and Kirk, Gary.
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Hypothesis 1 The number of facilities that submit reports to an LEPC will influence the
levels of activity and the proactive efforts of Virginia LEPCs.
Hypothesis 2 The population of the planning district will influence the levels of activity
and the proactive efforts of Virginia LEPCs.
Hypothesis 3 The type of LEPC (county, city or joint) will influence the levels of activity
and the proactive efforts of Virginia LEPCs.
Hypothesis 4 The combined effects of these three factors will influence the levels of
activity and the proactive efforts of Virginia LEPCs.
Virginia designated LEPCs based on local government jurisdiction. While some
county and city governments opted to work collaboratively forming a joint LEPC, most
encompass only one local government. Therefore, there are 110 LEPCs across Virginia
typically responsible for a small planning district. The population and number of facilities
vary considerably. LEPCs cover populations ranging from 2,510 to 1,032,865. Survey
respondents reported from 0 to 360 facilities submitting reports to their LEPC.
We first completed a Pearson’s r correlation analysis to look for relationships
among the number of facilities, population, and LEPC type. Since we use two dummy
variables for the LEPC type—a city dummy variable and joint dummy variable—in the
logistic regression, we use these in the correlation analysis as well. Table 2 shows the
results. Population is significantly related (p < .01) to the number of facilities (r = .798).
While there are other significant relationships between these factors, the correlation
coefficients are smaller. Given the close relationship between the number of facilities and
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