Mr. Matthew Herlocker is a master instructor with Eastern Kentucky University, an academic partner of the RDPC.
Mr. Herlocker is an independent consultant with almost 25 years of diverse experience in emergency management and public safety. He currently manages a private consulting firm specializing in national support to state and local emergency operations centers, support to federal, state and local government recovery efforts, planning, education and training, emergency management curriculum review, and exercises.
His career includes working as a first responder in several disciplines, a California local government emergency manager, a recovery consultant and policy advisor to the director of the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, manager of a disaster response program for an international non-governmental organization (NGO), and a senior analyst for a larger corporate consulting firm. Mr. Herlocker has trained numerous officials on the integration of local government emergency operations centers with field operations and served as the assistant training officer of a search and rescue team. He also has been a presenter and keynote speaker at professional conferences.
Mr. Herlocker has a bachelor of arts degree in public administration and a masters degree in education, specializing in cross-cultural teaching. He earned a professional clear elementary teaching credential with a Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certification. He is a an International Association of Emergency Managers Certified Emergency Manager®. His master’s project explored the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on student performance in Orleans Parish and Harris County (Texas) Schools.
Mr. Herlocker has responded to a variety of emergencies and disasters, including statewide floods in California, the Loma Prieta and Northridge Earthquakes, the Greensburg Tornado, and, in addition to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Hurricane Ike and the pre-landfall response to Hurricane Dean, both in Texas.