Erin Galland

Erin Galland was interviewed on November 20, 2022, in the backyard of her home in Nesbit, Mississippi. Mrs. Galland lived in Houston until 2020, when her family relocated to Mississippi, and during Hurricane Harvey, her home did not flood but many homes in her neighborhood did. Mrs. Galland, her husband, and her three children all volunteered following the storm. Located in Tomball at the time of the storm, part of her neighborhood was in the 100-year floodplain, but her home was in the 500-year floodplain. She discusses how her job as an elementary teacher was impacted following the storm, and how she navigated returning to school at the same time her students did, with no time to plan. She also discusses how being a mother impacted her tactics for hurricane preparation, and what she experienced living in Houston through other major storms. Finally, she discusses how strong she believes the Houston community is and the strength she feels it took for the community to come together in such a hard time. This interview was conducted as part of the Center for Public History’s Resilient Houston Project at the University of Houston.

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