Disaster Lecture

I spoke tonight in Norman about disaster relief, rescues, and emergency preparedness for FEMA and in behalf of the Mormon and Deaf communities, sharing stories about 9/11, Katrina, Joplin, Virginia Tech, and other disasters we have worked.  We spoke about minority communities, and how to educate them in emergency management and how to communicate with them during emergencies.  I shared about the home and visiting teaching programs and food storage in the LDS church, as well as our progress in the Deaf community with civil rights and things like the low frequency ambulances you can feel before you can hear or see, closed captioning for emergency broadcasts, and trainings during Deaf Awareness Week.  

I love these colleagues who have worked side by side for almost ten years now!  Bob is the emergency manager for Tulsa Public Schools, Sheryl represents the Muslim community, and my friend Tina hosts Temas en Tulsa and teaches at TCC.  Many thanks for the hard work of the Language and Culture Bank of Tulsa all these years!


About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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