Eric Sorchik, MA, MEP

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Eric Sorchik brings 40 years of emergency planning, response and recovery experience to the emergency management profession. Prior to his retirement in January 2004 he served as the State Emergency Management Training Officer, New Jersey State Police, Office of Emergency Management. His responsibilities included supervising the research, development, and administration of all emergency management, hazardous materials, rescue, and other associated training programs conducted by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. Eric has participated in the planning and operations of the 1985 Tall Ships, the 1986 Statue of Liberty re-dedication, the 1992 National Governors Conference, the 1994 World Cup Soccer, the 2000 Republican National Convention and the 2000 Tall Ships special events.As a result of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, Eric was assigned as New Jerseys liaison to New York Citys Command Center for the eight weeks following the event. There, on a daily basis, he interfaced with the heads of Federal and State and City agencies assisting in the recovery of this crisis.Eric has worked with corporate entities, to include, Exelon, Amergen, Dow Jones, Merrill Lynch, Chase Manhattan Bank, Merck, Public Service Electric and Gas, the Contingency Planning Exchange, and the American Society of Industrial Security, in the development of contingency and business continuity plans, emergency operations and exercises.Eric conducted incident command training for the nine United States World Cup venue sites selected to host the 1994 World Cup Soccer matches. He has addressed state terrorism conferences in Oregon, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and conducted management training for the 2002 Olympics in Utah. He served as New Jerseys representative at the National Domestic Preparedness Office, and the National Governors Association, Terrorism Policy Summits in Williamsburg, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia. He was selected by the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police to chair New Jerseys First Domestic Preparedness Planning and Coordination Group.Lt. Sorchik was one of ten nationally validated facilitators for the United States Department of Defense, Domestic Preparedness Program; in that capacity he has completed senior official workshops with the mayors and senior staffs of forty major U. S. cities. Since the conclusion of that initiative he has completed exercise development and evaluation assignments in numerous cities and military bases concerning preparedness and response to chemical, biological or radiological attacks.In conjunction with the U. S. State Department, Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, he has worked with the senior leadership of selected foreign nations assisting them to develop comprehensive plans to militate against, prepare for and effectively respond and recover from catastrophic incidents. He has helped to build effective incident management teams to respond effectively to those events. To date he has conducted this training for more than thirty foreign nations throughout Africa, Central Asia, South America, Indonesia, and the Middle East. He also served as the U.S. State Department On-Site Representative for domestic training of foreign nationals.In support of the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and Office of Domestic Preparedness national preparedness initiatives, Eric trained instructors to deliver the Incident Command System, (ICS), in the fifty U.S. contiguous states and six U.S. territories. Also in conjunction with DHS he facilitates all hazard school planning for both secondary and higher education institutions.Eric has provided articles to law enforcement and emergency management periodicals and has spoken before diversified audiences of emergency responders at both the international and national level on emergency preparedness, incident management, and consequence management. He has developed training programs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and serves as an adjunct instructor at the Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, Md. He served as an Adjunct Professor for Fairleigh- Dickinson University and the recipient of the Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Training.Eric is the Deputy Mayor of Plumsted, New Jersey where his responsibilities include development of local legislation, review of County, State and Federal legislation, liaison to emergency services, personnel administration and budget development. He also serves as Plumsteds Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator where he served in the response to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.Lt. Sorchik holds a B.A. from Widener University and a M.A. from Seton Hall University. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Academy, Quantico, Va. He holds a Master Exercise Practitioner Certificate from the Emergency Management Institute.