Obituary for Don McCarthy, Creator of the Millennium House

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Don McCarthy was the creator of the Millennium House, which was designed to be energy efficient, disaster resistant, have healthy indoor air quality, be handicapped accessible, and be for people of moderate means. Don initially received a small grant from Tulsa Project Impact, Tulsa Partners’ predecessor organization, to do initial designs for this house, and our Millennium Center program is named for his work. The Don McCarthy Millennium Award for sustainability given out by Tulsa Partners is also named for him. He will be missed.

Don McCarthy Story in Tulsa World

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MERGER: Disaster Management for Long Term Care Facilities Workshop with A DAY WITHOUT BUSINESS

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Some people who attend our annual Disaster Management for Long Term Care Facilities Workshop may be wondering why we haven’t had it yet for the 2013-2014 season. The reason why is that this year we are trying something new. Because of the great speakers we have lined up to talk at our 2014 A Day Without Business Symposium, we have decided for 2014 to merge our Long Term Care Facilities Workshop into that event.

This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 7.50 clock hours and 4.50 participant hours.

We encourage you to please spread the word and ask our administrators and staff with Long Term Care and Assisted Living facilities to attend A DAY WITHOUT BUSINESS!

For more information go to A Day Without Business Symposium 2014

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2014 A Day Without Business Symposium–REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN! (see page link in black menu bar above)

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Important Message from Sandy Hook Parents: Emergency Plans Matter

This video was sent to us by our friends at Save the Children on the anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. Tulsa Partners is proud to assist Save the Children in their preparedness and recovery activities in Oklahoma since the May 2013 tornadoes. See the Save the Children webpage link above in the black menu bar for more information on our collaboration.

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October 2013 Oklahoma Magazine Article on Tulsa Partners Disaster Resistant Business Council

Check out pages 26 and 27: “Preparing for the Worst,” by Michael W. Sasser.

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A Day Without Business “Test Your Plan!” Workshop is Tuesday October 8th.

TEST YOUR PLAN! A BUSINESS CONTINUITY WORKSHOP

You have a plan for when the unthinkable happens…but how do you know it is enough?

Building on past Tulsa Partners workshops such as the Spring 2013 A DAY WITHOUT BUSINESS “Make A Plan!” Workshop or the IBHS Open for Business ® classes, this four hour workshop will walk you through how to test your emergency and business continuity plans. Attendees will then participate in an actual tabletop exercise, a group activity allowing you to test your existing plans in a low stress environment. Tailored to the needs of small businesses and nonprofits, experts from the fields of continuity planning, information technology, insurance, finance, and disaster recovery will be available to assist you as you go through this exercise.

“After offering workshops for several years on creating business continuity plans, we wanted to offer an interactive workshop on how to test their plans.” said David Hall, a Business Lines Section Manager at State Farm Insurance, and Chair of Tulsa Partners’ Disaster-Resistant Business Council.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORKSHOP? Whether you have a completed or partially completed business continuity plan OR NO PLAN AT ALL, if you have a desire to learn how to improve your business preparedness, THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU!

Tuesday October 8, 2013
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tulsa City County Health Department-James O. Goodwin Health Center
5051 S. 129th E. Ave., Tulsa OK 74134

There is an administrative fee of $35 a person to participate in this workshop. Online registration will remain open until Monday October 7.

To register and pay online go to the “Test Your Plan!” in the black menu bar above. For more information, call the Tulsa Partners office at 918-632-0044 or email at tulsapartners@gmail.com.

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Tulsa Partners To Participate in REBUILD Expo in Oklahoma City

Tulsa Partners is proud to be an exhibitor at the ReBuild Expo hosted by the City of Oklahoma City, to be held on Saturday August 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Westmoore High School Common Area, 12613 South Western. Property owners can get information on how to repair or rebuild their homes and businesses while improving energy efficiency and storm resistance. The expo was organized to help those who are rebuilding homes or businesses in areas affected by the May storms, but anyone who is considering building a home can get information.

Tulsa Partners will provide information on disaster-resistant construction and low impact development, as well as information on upcoming workshops on business continuity. Special thanks to the representatives of the City of Tulsa Stormwater Drainage and Hazard Mitigation Advisory Board, who brainstormed with us on a “Build Back Better” message.

The Tulsa Partners booth will also have information from our national partners at the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, who did a joint press release with us after the May tornadoes. Other national partners participating with their own booths and/or presentations are the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, and the National Storm Shelter Association.

For more information on this event and the Presentation Schedule, go to http://www.okc.gov/rebuild/

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TENTH ANNUAL NANIA AWARDEES ANNOUNCED

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FRIDAY JUNE 21ST WAS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER. PLEASE CALL 918-632-0044 TO SEE IF THERE IS SPACE AVAILABLE!!!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Tim Lovell, Tulsa Partners, Inc., 918-632-0044
Event Link: 10th Annual Nania Awards Banquet webpage
To download copy of press release, go to: Nania News Release for 2013 updated
To download flyer with hyperlinks, go to: 2013 Nania flyer
To download flyer without hyperlinks for printing: 2013 Nania flyer for print

Recipients for the Tenth Annual Nania Awards Announced;
Awards Banquet to be held on June 26, 2013

Tulsa Partners Inc., a nonprofit organization working to build a disaster-resistant and sustainable community, is proud to announce the recipients of our 2013 Nania Awards. The Nania Awards recognize the outstanding collaborative work of individuals and corporate / nonprofit entities in creating a disaster-resistant and sustainable community. “Nania” is a Cherokee word that means “All Together.” There are two corporate award categories, two “signature” awards for local individuals, and one national award.

National Nania Award:
Gerald McSwiggan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center

Nania Corporate Hall of Fame:
Griffin Communications
National Weather Service-Tulsa Office

Nania Corporate Campaign Award
City of Tulsa Pervious Concrete Pilot Project, City of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, Cantera Concrete

Nania Signature Award—Don McCarthy “Millennium” Award for Sustainability
Mary Kell, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP / Architect, City of Tulsa

Nania Signature Award—J.D. Metcalfe “Building Bridges” Award
Sheryl Siddiqui, Islamic Council of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice, Tulsa Partners Language and Culture Bank

(See award recipient descriptions listed below.)

The Tenth Annual Nania Awards Banquet will be in downtown Tulsa in the Sapulpa Room at the Griffin Communications Center, 303 North Boston, directly across from the Guthrie Green, on Wednesday evening, June 26. Registration and Reception with cash bar will occur at 6 pm, with Dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Travis Meyer, Chief Meteorologist for KOTV News On 6, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Gerald McSwiggan will serve as keynote speaker. A Door Prize Raffle will be held for several items, including a 3 night stay at Big Cedar Wilderness Club on Table Rock Lake over Valentine’s Day weekend. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the door, $5 per ticket or $20 for five tickets.

The Nania Award event sponsors include: the Brannin Family Foundation, Meshek and Associates, State Farm Insurance, TRC Disaster Solutions, Bank of Oklahoma, Bennett Native/Jim Giles Saferooms, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Kim and Mel Koleber, and Neal McNeill. To get more information about the event, event sponsorships, or to register for the banquet, contact Tulsa Partners, Inc. at 918-632-0044, or check out 10th Annual Nania Awards Banquet webpage.

NATIONAL AWARD
This award is given to someone who has performed outstanding work on the national stage to build disaster-resistant and sustainable communities. The recipient also serves as the keynote speaker.

RECIPIENT: Gerald McSwiggan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center, for his outstanding leadership and coordination of disaster assistance and recovery capabilities through the U.S. Chamber, and promotion of pre-disaster response and continuity planning in the private sector. His keynote address will be on the “Network Effect,” and how this business principle can improve public-private partnerships.

CORPORATE HALL OF FAME AWARD
A “Hall of Fame” for businesses and nonprofit organizations in our community, this award is given to corporate entities that have performed outstanding work in public, private and nonprofit sector partnerships to build a disaster-resistant and sustainable community. (Two recipients.)

RECIPIENT: Griffin Communications, for their collaborative work in promoting weather safety through such programs as McReady, Trav’s Wild Weather Show, storm shelter giveaways in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and the outstanding energy-efficient and safe design of their new Griffin Communications Center.

RECIPIENT: National Weather Service-Tulsa Office, for their work in using innovation to support community preparedness through the development of StormReady, the co-development of the Sperry-Piltz Ice Accumulation Index, and the creation of other technology-based tools and collaborative endeavors.

CORPORATE CAMPAIGN AWARD
This award is given for a campaign, event or project that is an outstanding example of using partnerships to promote mitigation, preparedness, response and/or sustainability.

RECIPIENT: City of Tulsa Pervious Concrete Pilot Project, for their multi-partner endeavor to test pervious concrete used to decrease stormwater runoff, flash flooding, erosion, and stream pollution. The entities leading this consortium project are the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, and Cantera Concrete.

DON MCCARTHY MILLENNIUM AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY
One of two Nania Signature Awards, this award is given to recognize outstanding work in promoting a holistic approach to sustainability. It is named in honor of Don McCarthy, a retired engineer who exemplified this holistic approach when he developed the Millennium House, a residence designed to be disaster-resistant, energy-efficient, handicapped-accessible, and to provide healthy indoor air quality to people of moderate means.

RECIPIENT: Mary Kell, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP / Architect, City of Tulsa, for her outstanding work at Tulsa’s Engineering Services Department on energy-saving, low impact development (LID) projects, as well as her volunteer service with the American Institute of Architects on the statewide disaster assessment team.

J.D. METCALFE “BUILDING BRIDGES” AWARD
One of two Nania Signature Awards and our highest honor to local individuals, this award honors outstanding work in linking the public, private and non-profit sectors to build a disaster-resistant and sustainable community. It is named for the late Tulsa street commissioner who was the father of Tulsa’s stormwater management program, a founding member of Tulsa’s Project Impact and Citizen Corps programs, and an incorporator of Tulsa Partners, Inc.

RECIPIENT: Sheryl Siddiqui, Islamic Council of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice, Tulsa Partners Language and Culture Bank, for her outstanding work in bringing together people of diverse languages, religions and cultures to create a vibrant, resilient and connected community.

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AMERICANS ENCOURAGED TO BUILD STRONGER AFTER MOORE TORNADO

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Release: May 23, 2013
Contacts: Alessandra Jerolleman, NatHazMA@gmail.com / Tim Lovell, tulsapartners@gmail.com

In aftermath of Moore Tornado, Americans are encouraged to build stronger

In the terrible aftermath of the Moore Tornado, many people and media interviews have focused on the impossibility of building stronger in the face of such incredible destruction. Tulsa Partners, Inc. and the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) want Oklahomans, and indeed all Americans, to seize this teachable moment to build in better, safer, and smarter ways. There are things you can do to make your homes, businesses and schools more resilient in the face of extreme wind events. Protection from tornadoes and derecho or straight winds has two elements:

· One is a well-engineered Safe Room, where occupants can take shelter in a room, either above or below ground, engineered to withstand even the strongest of tornadic winds and to keep wind-driven missiles from penetrating the walls or ceilings.

· The other is building with, or retrofitting with, techniques and materials that lend structural strength and wind resistance to the building itself. Most such features are not designed to withstand direct assaults by strong tornadoes, but can lessen damage in less severe storms or in situations when a building is along the edges of a strong tornado’s path.

Take the time to talk to your employers, school administrators, and others – encourage them to learn about protection from high winds, and educate yourself on their current plans.

Tulsa Partners works with a number of national nonprofit organizations with expertise on tornados and disaster resilience. One of them, NHMA, has set up a webpage, http://nhma.info/moore/ that provides critical information from a variety of sources concerning measures to make your property stronger.

“Local communities have learned, over many disasters, that it’s important to take time now to plan for a safe and sustainable future,” said NHMA President Ed Thomas, who leads NHMA’s membership of experts in disasters and safe building (hazard mitigation). “Now is the time to invest in mitigation, for a better future.”

The sources include other national organizations with which both Tulsa Partners and NHMA collaborate, such as the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, and the National Storm Shelter Association.

“Tulsa Partners is happy to join the knowledge of our local experts with the resources of these important national organizations,” said Megan Quickle, President of Tulsa Partners, Inc.

Please review these important mitigation measures on the NHMA webpage. You can also visit the preparedness page of the Tulsa Partners website for business continuity, mitigation and preparedness information at http://tulsapartners.org/tpi/be-prepared .

Tulsa Partners, Inc. is a nonprofit organization incorporated in December 2000. Tulsa Partners mission is to mobilize all segments of the population to build a disaster-resistant, sustainable community.

The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) was founded in 2008 to bring together individuals and organizations working in the field of hazard mitigation. NHMA serves as a respected voice in hazard mitigation policy both in the United States and throughout the world.

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Tenth Annual Nania Awards Banquet: Nomination Form and Online Registration Open

The Tenth Annual Nania Awards Banquet will be in the Sapulpa Room at the Griffin Communications Center, 303 North Boston, in the historic Brady Arts District, directly across from the Guthrie Green, on Wednesday evening June 26. Registration/Reception with cash bar at 6 pm, Dinner beginning at 6:30 pm.

Our Master of Ceremonies will be KOTV News on Six Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer. Our National Nania Awardee and Keynote Speaker will be Gerald McSwiggan with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC). Gerald oversees the BCLC’s disaster assistance and recovery capabilities.

“Nania” is a Cherokee word that means “All Together.” The Nania Awards recognize the outstanding collaborative work of local corporate and nonprofit entities and individuals in building a disaster-resistant and sustainable community. Nominations for our Nania Corporate and Signature Awards will be open until May 15. See the Nania Awards Criteria Page on Tulsa Partners website for background information on the awards, then go to the 2013 Nania Awards Nomination Page to make your nomination! We have also opened the online REGISTER NOW! page if you are planning to attend.

For more information select the 10th Annual Nania Banquet link in the black menu bar above.

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