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Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK is the fourth community to join ResilientAmerica's community pilot program. Since the Memorial Day flood of 1984, Tulsa has developed an effective flood plan and flood control system. Currently, one of Tulsa's priorities is economic resilience. Thus, ResilientAmerica's partnership with Tulsa focused on exploring the potential relationship between sales tax generation and resilience.

Timeline of ResilientAmerica activities with the Tulsa pilot community:

  • July 2016:  Kickoff meeting with the Tulsa Chief Resilience Officer and other city representatives to develop the goals and timeline for the community pilot partnership.
  • October 2016:  ResilientAmerica participated in a commemoration event of the 1984 flood with the mayor and representatives from the City of Tulsa and the Silver Jackets.
  • November 2016:  Meeting with the staff of the newly elected mayor to identify a new direction for the partnership focused on the relationship between local sales tax revenues and issues of community resilience.
  • March 2017:  Meeting with key stakeholders at the City of Tulsa to plan out the sales tax revenues and resilience project.
  • April 2017:  Provided the City with an update on the data analysis.
  • July 2017:  Presented findings and data from the sales tax revenue investigation and discussed the local context with community stakeholder.
  • November 2017:  Present the initial findings of the research on sales tax revenue with diverse philanthropic organizations, the City of Tulsa, local elected officials, and others, and discussed what these initial findings could indicate about resilience in Tulsa and how this work could support resilience efforts in the region.

The range of hazards faced in Tulsa include:

  • Dam and levee failures
  • Drought
  • Earthquakes
  • Expansive soils
  • Extreme heat
  • Flood
  • Hailstorms
  • High winds
  • Lightning
  • Severe winter storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Wildfires

Learn more about Tulsa:

Resilient Tulsa
PLANiTULSA Comprehensive Plan
Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
Flood Control

Memorial Day flood of 1984
History of flooding in Tulsa
In Tulsa, a National Blueprint for Managing Floods as Cities Grow and Climate Changes
Tulsa's Resilient Floodplain Design
How Tulsa Became a Model For Preventing Floods

Visit Tulsa

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