Once known primarily for its role as a hub of the American oil industry, Tulsa has expanded its profile to include telecommunications, finance, and aviation. The city has seen significant economic growth, in part due to concerted urban revitalization plans. However, it faces pronounced poverty in certain areas, particularly minority communities. This inequality has ramifications for educational and economic development efforts, and for resilience planning. Officials are prioritizing civic engagement and strategic investment through a lens of addressing racial disparities.

Given its position in “Tornado Alley,” Tulsa needs to establish reliable emergency communications that reach all residents. Potentially deadly tornadoes and high wind events regularly harm structures and power lines, and do significant financial damage. The city has responded to high flood risks by creating one of the top floodplain management plans in the country, with a particular focus on urban planning and relocation. Projects are also underway to upgrade a wide range of city infrastructure.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Blizzard
  • Environmental Degradation
  • Ethnic Inequality
  • Inadequate Educational Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Poor Air Quality
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Tornado

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Tulsa's CRO

DeVon Douglass is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Tulsa. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Missouri State University and continued her education at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Passionate about service DeVon subsequently served her country as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. During her time as a VISTA she focused on how communities can best help marginalized youth realize their own agency. Following her VISTA service DeVon sought to continue in impactful, state-level change. She moved back to Tulsa to work for the Oklahoma Policy Institute, a non-partisan, budget & tax policy think tank. While there, she galvanized Oklahomans around issues of economic opportunity, racial equity, and asset building. Never one to keep her passion confined to her job, she has led actions to change community/police relations in Tulsa. The constellation of her experiences is a natural gateway to her work with the City of Tulsa. She hopes to weave resilience into the fabric of Tulsa.

Snapshot of Tulsa

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    POPULATION AS OF 2010

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