We are committed.

Together we can strengthen homes, businesses and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss.

DRN Councils

At DRN we are focused on helping strengthen three main sectors: Individual Homes, Local Businesses and Our Community. We have created three different council groups which are focused on developing action plans and engaging their network on opportunities for emergency planning. Our goal is to help prepare these three groups and focus on actions that can be done before disaster strikes. 



Business Council

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About DRN's Business Council

The DRN Business Council is both a public and private partnership designed to educate businesses and nonprofits about the need for emergency and continuity planning. We offer networking opportunities for those interested in business emergency and continuity planning, and assist in promoting the critical role of businesses and nonprofits in a community’s disaster resiliency.

Hosted by Disaster Resilience Network and chaired by David Hall with State Farm Insurance, representatives serving on the council in 2017, include: Bank of Oklahoma, CK Consulting LLC, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, Meshek and Associates, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, the Resilience Institute, SERVPRO of South Tulsa and Edmond, Titan Data Services, TRC Disaster Solutions, the Tulsa City County Health Department, and the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

This council helps small businesses plan to survive fire, flood, wind, power loss, or other troubles that can sink even the most determined entrepreneurs.

We want to help businesses and nonprofit social service agencies strengthen their protection and planning before disaster strikes, whether in the form of natural disasters or even everyday emergencies such as a power failure.

If you have additional questions about the The DRN Business Council please email us at


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About DRN's Housing Council

The DRN Housing Council is a collaborative venture between DRN and other entities to help people live safely and in harmony with nature. Using a “center without walls” approach of education and collaborative demonstration projects, the eventual goal is to create a permanent exhibit to promote disaster-resistant and sustainable living. The steering committee is co-chaired by Michelle Barnett of Enercon Services and Graham Brannin with the City of Tulsa.

One of the endeavors that DRN participated in through its Housing Council was the Green Country Sustainability Forum.

Members of the DRN Housing Steering Committee such as Michelle Barnett and Graham Brannin, architect Mary Kell with the City of Tulsa, and Tim Lovell were participants in developing this Forum’s Green Country Low Impact Development Design Competition and Great Plains LID Symposium on April 3, 2014. Dr. Jason Vogel with OSU, another DRN Housing Council Committee member, chaired and led this endeavor.

The competition was aimed at educating design professionals, built environment decision makers and the public on the positive impacts of LID, with the symposium providing an educational venue to discuss topics related to Low Impact Development (LID) in the Great Plains of the United States.

Many positive outcomes were realized including a planned and funded LID project to be completed at the base of the famous Tulsa Tough Crybaby Hill.

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The DRN Housing Council has continued to support the use of higher building standards, working in conjunction with the City of Tulsa’s Stormwater Drainage and Hazard Mitigation Advisory Board, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, the National Storm Shelter Association, and other programs promoting stronger residential construction. Support for this effort is present in the City of Tulsa Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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To find out more information on the FORTIFIED Home™ program please visit:

What is a FORTIFIED Home™?
“FORTIFIED homes are new and existing homes that are strengthened through system-specific building upgrades to minimum building code requirements that will reduce damage from specific natural hazards. The FORTIFIED Home program has three levels of designation—Bronze, Silver and Gold—that build upon each other, allowing you to choose the desired level of protection that best suits your budgets and resilience goals.” (

FORTIFIED Home Construction and Insurance Discounts
Since April 2018, insurance discounts have become available for FORTIFIED construction in Oklahoma. For residential homes, significant discounts on homeowners insurance rates have been offered. If you are looking into reroofing or building a new home soon, we strongly recommend that you call your insurance agent and ask if they offer discounts for reroofing or building FORTIFIED. You can also check below to see if your provider is already listed.

Insurance Agencies Offering FORTIFIED Home
Discount Rates
American Association of Insurance Services
- Amica Mutual Insurance Co.
- Armed Forces Insurance Exchange
- Economy Premier Assurance Co.
- Employers Mutual Casualty Co.
- Goodville Mutual Casualty Co.
- IDS Property Casualty Insurance Co.
- Insurance Services Office
- Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Co.
- National Security Fire & Casualty Insurance Co.
- Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co.
- Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Co.
- QBE Insurance Corp.
- State Farm Fire and Casualty Co.
- The Travelers Home and Marine Insurance Co.
- Travelers Commercial Insurance Co.
- Trinity Universal Insurance Co.

*To find out if your insurance company offers discounts for building FORTIFIED , please call your agent

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Cross-Cultural Council COUNCIL

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About DRN's Cross-Cultural Council

A grassroots network of multicultural and multilingual groups, the DRN Cross-Cultural Council works with many communities and cultural groups to help their members prepare for disasters, and to help all people receive emergency communications in a way they can understand.

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