Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

The Hagerty Advantage: Our People: Francesca Laroche

Here at Hagerty, we truly believe the advantage is our people. Throughout the months of June and July, we will be profiling several of Hagerty’s Response professionals – many of whom have been deployed continuously over the past year helping our clients respond to COVID-19 and other natural hazards.

What do you find most rewarding about working in the field of emergency management, especially as a disaster response professional?

What I find most rewarding about emergency response is seeing communities come together during times of distress and demonstrating how resilient they are. I am always humbled at how resourceful and passionate people are to help their neighbors.

With hurricane season underway and the peak time for wildfires on the horizon, how should communities be preparing today?

Every household should discuss their evacuation plan with their loved ones. Every family member needs a go bag filled with the necessities including small bills, a list of phone numbers and medications, and a thumb drive with important documents.


What are you passionate about outside of work?

I am most passionate about spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy making new memories with them like trying new restaurants and exploring new cities.

Where is one place in the world you would like to travel and why?

Iceland is on my bucket list. I would like to see the Northern Lights and visit the hot springs and ice caves.

Francesca Laroche is an emergency management professional with experience that ranges from public affairs, planning, public and private partnerships to response. She has an extensive background working in local government.