This week’s diverse source is an expert in disaster preparedness, public safety, emergency alerting and homeland security.
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On Monday, the United Nations released a landmark climate report authored by 234 climate experts. The report cites detrimental effects of human activity on climate change and a resulting increase in extreme weather conditions — heat waves, droughts, floods, wildfires and hurricanes. Grim as their findings seem, scientists say it’s not too late to curb global warming and meet targets set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Still, extreme weather and natural disasters are a threat for the foreseeable future, one that communities need to prepare for.

Francisco Sánchez

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Francisco Sánchez is the deputy emergency management coordinator and liaison to the County Judge for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Harris County, Texas, the nation’s third-largest county. He’s an expert in disaster preparedness, public safety, emergency alerting and homeland security, and can speak about tactics to prepare for natural disasters and improve wireless emergency alerting technology.
Since 2004, Sánchez has served Harris County in emergency preparedness and response efforts. His recent work includes responses to the coronavirus pandemic, Winter Storm Uri in 2021, and severe flooding events, hurricanes and man-made threats. He led Super Bowl LI’s Traffic and Transportation Security Joint Information Center. In 2017, he served as the public information officer during Hurricane Harvey, the second-most costly hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since 1900. He's also a firefighter for the Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Department.
You can listen to Francisco Sánchez here.


Pronouns: He/him/his
Phone: (713) 426-9577
Twitter: @DisasterPIO
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