Ann Patton

 President, Ann Patton Company, LLC
Writer. Consultant.
Founding Director, Tulsa Partners Inc., Tulsa Project Impact, & Tulsa Citizen Corps
10705 South Winston Avenue cell: 918-527-0161
Tulsa, OK  74137   ann.patton@sbcglobal.net      

Ann Patton is a Tulsa-based writer and consultant specializing in disaster management, urban affairs, and grassroots partnership building. She has 40 years’ experience in program management, journalism, and consulting. She heads Ann Patton Company LLC, a professional writing and consulting firm, and APLcorps Books LLC.

Summary. Mrs. Patton began her career as a grassroots activist. Her work experience includes 1 year as Oklahoma Eagle reporter, 7 years as a Tulsa World newspaper reporter, 5 years as a technical writer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 8 years as aide to local and state elected officials, 8 years as community affairs and mitigation manager for Tulsa’s Public Works Department, 6 years as Tulsa Project Impact/Citizen Corps/Tulsa Partners director, and the past 7 years as a professional consultant and writer. 

Consultant. She helped the Federal Emergency Management Agency develop long-term recovery plans and writing projects in Florida after the 2004 hurricanes; in Mississippi and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and 2006; and in Texas after Hurricanes Dolly and Ike, 2008-2010. She researched and wrote mitigation best practice articles including two case studies: Galveston historic preservation and hazard mitigation, and a 1000-structure buyout and long-term recovery planning (ESF-14) for Bolivar Peninsula, Texas.

In recent years, her national clients include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Domestic Preparedness; Project TAHS (Technical Assistance for Homeland Security) for the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service; the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for the Medical Reserve Corps; and the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association for the National Wildlife Federation.

She was the national marketing and partnership consultant to the Institute for Business & Home Safety, focused on small-business disaster survival planning (2005-7). She has worked on local hazard mitigation planning with Tulsa Partners Inc., on children’s disaster safety issues with Save the Children, and on many issues relating to building disaster-resilient communities.

Public Servant. Mrs. Patton was a charter member and spearhead of the team that created Tulsa’s award-winning flood-hazard mitigation program. (Tulsa has not suffered a major flood in 25 years, in contrast to its long history of frequent flood disasters. Program advances include clearance of more than 1,000 floodplain buildings, establishment of a stormwater utility fee, master drainage planning, and an aggressive public education program. Tulsa served as a national model for FEMA’s Project Impact and the Community Rating System and has a CRS rating of 2.)

Expanding into multi-hazard management, she was founding director (1997-2001) of Tulsa’s Citizen Corps, Medical Reserve Corps, and Project Impact programs, as well as Tulsa Partners Inc., a 501-C-3 nonprofit corporation (2001-2004). This family of programs mobilizes public-private partners and volunteers to create safer, sustainable, more livable communities and to curb losses from terrorism, crime, and natural disasters.

Volunteer.  Mrs. Patton retired from the City of Tulsa in 2004 and continues to serve as a local and national volunteer. She has served as mentor to many communities in the U.S. and beyond, including Argentina and Mexico.

She is a charter board member (2008) of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association and serves as 2nd vice chairman. She was secretary for the Board of Direction of the national Multihazard Mitigation Council, representing U.S. communities; and served on MMC committees on FEMA’s landmark Mitigation Saves report (2005) that found mitigation has at least 4-1 benefit-to-cost ratio She served on the national Working Group on Citizen Engagement in Health Emergency Planning; the Hazard Mitigation Working Group of the Department of Homeland Security; the Association of State Floodplain Managers’ committee on building public support for local floodplain managers; and a Community Rating System committee on public involvement. She has made numerous presentations to national and local committees on community and water resources issues and provided expert reviews of materials including training courses at the Emergency Management Institute.

Recently, as an invited expert, she has participated in mitigation and recovery policy development with the Disaster Round Table and special committees of the National Academies; University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center plan for pandemic flu and biosecurity; and various committees and endeavors of FEMA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Locally, Mrs. Patton is a member of the City of Tulsa Stormwater Drainage and Hazard-Mitigation Advisory Board, the Community Advisory Board for the University of Oklahoma Center for Risk and Crisis Management, the Tulsa League of Women Voters, and the Red Fork Lions Club. She is a volunteer with the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice.

Writer.  Mrs. Patton has published hundreds of articles, technical reports, and presentations; special reports on flood mitigation, tornado safety; and building disaster-resistant communities.  She wrote a coffee-table history of water resources in the Tulsa region (the 50-year history for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers). She recently completed a chapter on collaborative emergency management for the International City-County Management Association and another chapter for a textbook on climate change and hazard management. Her forthcoming book is named Dan’s War on Poverty, A Grassroots Crusade for Social Justice, focused on the work of Dan Allen, founder of Tulsa’s Neighbor for Neighbor anti-poverty program; and she is completing a political history of the Ku Klux Klan.

Honors. While she was a newspaper reporter, Mrs. Patton won the first-place national award from the American Society of Planning Officials (1977) for her reporting on Tulsa’s flood problems, as well as two journalism awards from Tulsa’s National Council of Christians and Jews (1969 and 1977). 

FEMA gave Mrs. Patton its top national public services award in 1998. While she was directing the programs, FEMA gave top national honors to Tulsa Project Impact in 1998, named Tulsa national mentoring community in 2000, and cited Tulsa Citizen Corps as a national model in 2003. She won Oklahoma’s Ben Frizzell Award for writing and leadership in 2003.

In 2004 the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association gave her its lifetime achievement award; Tulsa Partners gave her its J.D. Metcalfe Building Bridges Award for community service; and the City of Tulsa named an open-space floodplain park “Ann Patton Commons” in her honor. In 2007, she received a Goodwill Appreciation Award from the Islamic Society of Tulsa and the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). 

In 2010, she received the Suzanne and Michael Wallis scholarship to Oklahoma State University and was inducted into the Golden Key scholastic honor society. In 2011 she was inducted into the Honor Scholastic Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Family.  She and her husband Bob have 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

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