Disaster Resilient Cross-Cultural Council

Participants at Spring 2016 America's PrepareAthon event with Latinos en La Prensa

Participants at Spring 2016 America’s PrepareAthon event with Latinos en La Prensa

(Formerly Language & Culture Bank)

A grassroots network of multicultural and multilingual groups, the Tulsa Partners Language and Culture Bank (LCB) works with these many communities to help their members prepare for disasters, and to help all people receive emergency communications in a way they can understand. The current co-chairs of the LCB Steering Committee are Alex Gomez with Key Plus Broadcasting, LLC and Kyle Gallien with Catholic Charities-Tulsa. Past co-chairs include Irena Cheveleva with YWCA, Amber Knecht with Catholic Charities-Tulsa, Sheryl Siddiqui with the Islamic Society of Tulsa, Maria Reyes with YWCA, Diana Higgins with TSHA (an organization that works with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community), and the late Rev. Leonard Busch with Church of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Some groups represented on the steering committee include Ability Resources, Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa City-County Health Department, Tulsa Global Alliance, Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa Public Schools, and the YWCA, as well as individual representatives of various multi-cultural communities.


Asian American Festival

Asian American Festival

Working closely with volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps, the LCB has provided booths at venues such as the Asian American Festival and at the bi-annual Kids World event, showing children and their families some preparedness videos in multiple languages developed with Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity. These videos were translated and presented by representatives of each community. Also used is an activity board showing how animals prepare for severe weather, and offering information in English, Spanish, and Burmese.

Community Outreach

The LCB panel at the Oklahoma Emergency Management Conference with Tulsa Spanish language radio host Amy Ariza

The LCB panel at the Oklahoma Emergency Management Conference with Tulsa Spanish language radio host Amy Ariza

The LCB Steering Committee has supported our member organization as they host events that relate to emergency preparedness, such as a recent meeting of the Liberian community to discuss Ebola, a Deaf Town Hall with first responders to discuss ways to improve communications, or a public health fair for the Burmese community. The YWCA and Catholic Charities hold regularly scheduled Citizenship or Immigrant orientation classes that include translated emergency preparedness information about tornadoes, flash floods, and other hazards. The City of Tulsa is including the work of LCB groups in its Program for Public Information for the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System and the city Hazard Mitigation Plan. Community representatives are encouraged to participate in the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps if they wish to assist in disaster response.


PSA in Burmese: Sarah Pi and Ngin Khai

PSA in Burmese: Sarah Pi and Ngin Khai

American Sign Language – Are You Prepared?
Arabic – Are You Prepared?
Burmese – Are You Prepared?
Chinese – Are You Prepared?
English 1 – Are You Prepared?
English 2 – Are You Prepared?
Hmong – Are You Prepared?
Russian – Are You Prepared?
Spanish – Are You Prepared?
Turkish – Are You Prepared?
Urdu – Are You Prepared?
Vietnamese – Are You Prepared?

These video PSAs were created for the Language and Culture Bank by the Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity.

Emergency preparedness topics for the deaf, blind, and limited sight communities – Topics compiled by Northeast Texas Public Health District

Build an emergency supply kit

Select the appropriate link to be redirected to a Ready.gov or redcrossbayarea.org web page that contains a list of items to include in a basic emergency supplies kit

Chinese -Emergency Supply Kit
English -Emergency Supply Kit
Japanese -Emergency Supply Kit
Tagalog -Emergency Supply Kit
Vietnamese -Emergency Supply Kit
Korean Kids -Emergency Supply Kit
Korean Adults -Emergency Supply Kit
Arabic -Emergency Supply Kit
Russian -Emergency Supply Kit
Spanish -Emergency Supply Kit
Urdu -Emergency Supply Kit




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