Francisco Sánchez
Published August 11, 2021

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-alert technology and homeland security.

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 several severe flooding events, hurricanes and man-made threats. He previously led Super Bowl LI’s Traffic and Transportation Security Joint Information Center, and in 2017 served as the public information officer during Hurricane Harvey, the second-most costly hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since 1900.

Sánchez is president of the Emergency Management Association of Texas and a member of the Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Department. He’s also a member of the San Jacinto Type-Ill All-Hazards Incident Management Team and the Houston Area Urban Area Security Initiative Regional Collaboration Committee. In these appointments, he works to streamline local response capabilities and preparedness measures.

He has appeared at several conferences, including SXSW, the National Hurricane Conference and the National Conference of State Legislatures. He has been honored by Big City Emergency Managers, Emergency Management Magazine and the University of Houston.

Sánchez received his master’s in public administration at Sam Houston State University and his bachelor’s at the University of Houston with a certificate in public service leadership.

A Latino man with short brown hair and a short grey beard stares directly at the camera with a closed mouth smile. He is sitting, wearing a navy blue suit with a white collared shirt underneath

Photo by Amanda Faucett

Pronouns: He/him/his

Expertise: Disaster preparedness, public safety, emergency alerts, homeland security

Location: Houston, Texas


Phone: (713) 426-9577

Twitter: @DisasterPIO

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