Tulsa’s Resilience Journey
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 in minority communities. This inequality has ramifications for educational and economic development efforts, and for resilience planning. The city is 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 systems 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 the city’s infrastructure.
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