Houston Public Media: COVID-19, A Year Later: How Houston Is Learning And Growing Through A Global Pandemic
Houstonians have experienced disaster after disaster — from hurricanes and a winter freeze, to chemical plant explosions, to a global pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. Angela Blanchard studies disaster response, and she says we’re experiencing “an era of upheaval” in our region. “Part of what we’re seeing now as people come to this kind […]
Houston Chronicle: Dealing with Houston’s fear of COVID-19 and a possible rebellion
Angela posted a dramatic open letter to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. She wrote that unless they begin bringing more of Houston’s other leaders into a disaster-recovery council, they risk facing a rebellion by business people and others around the region. “You ordered us home to save lives,” Blanchard wrote. […]
Houston Chronicle: ‘This is what we dread’
Disaster expert Angela Blanchard on COVID-19 and the Houston economy. Click here to read the interview which has been edited for clarity and length. You can hear a longer version — as well as Blanchard’s Cajun accent — in the Chronicle’s new podcast, Coronavirus Chronicle.
ZDNet: Words of wisdom for leaders battling the COVID-19 pandemic
Angela Blanchard is a globally recognized expert practitioner in community development, disaster recovery, and long-term integration for immigrants and refugees, as well as an award-winning crisis management leader. Blanchard shares words of wisdom from disasters for leaders who are battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for the full story.
Houston Chronicle: ‘Stay away from groups’
Earlier this week, we asked her about the Houston area’s response to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Shortly after the Q&A originally published, the city of Houston issued a emergency health declaration. Now, with the situation changing quickly, The Houston Chronicle asked Angela for this update.
Houston Chronicle: ‘This is all going to get a lot more difficult before it gets better.’
This weekend, Blanchard shared her thoughts on Houston’s need to shelter in place — a move city and county officials have not yet made — with journalist Lisa Gray. Click here to read their conversation.
Houston Chronicle: 13 things every Houstonian should know during coronavirus pandemic
Angela Blanchard, one of Houston’s leading experts on disasters, wrote this list of things that everyone should remember during large-scale emergencies several years ago. It’s especially relevant now. Click here to read that list.
Houston Chronicle: ‘Not moving at the speed of need’
As the world struggled to slow the spread of the fast-moving COVID-19 coronavirus, Houston leaders and individuals were asking: What’s our area’s plan? Who’s in charge? With a situation that changes by the hour, who’s telling us what to do? Here are Angela’s thoughts on the Houston area’s coronavirus response.
Houston Chronicle: Expert explains why Houston mayor was right to declare disaster
Angela Blanchard, president emerita of BakerRipley, is one of Houston’s leading experts on disasters. She has been a player in helping Houston recover from multiple disasters, and at Brown University now teaches graduate-level public-policy courses on Disaster and Displacement. We asked her about the Houston area’s response to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Shortly after the […]
Houston Chronicle: Let go of rage and practice loving detachment, for your own sake and your community’s
Excerpt: When I desperately wanted to save my family from the ravages of the disease of alcoholism, I would have gone to any lengths to force solutions, would have said anything, done anything. And I tried in all the ways I knew how, to adjust, to shape shift, to mitigate what was happening in our […]