Insiders: disaster planning

The City of Tulsa was recently awarded a Predisaster Mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update the City’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Tulsa’s plan will be the first in the country to protect historic properties and cultural resources, including archival materials, from disasters, FEMA representatives said.
The public will get a chance to discuss and review a draft of the plan at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road.
Historic preservationists, museum curators and other stakeholders worked with the planners on ways to protect the city’s historic and cultural resources.
A draft of the plan is available.

JBF tops 100 franchises
Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, founded in Tulsa in 1997 by Shannon Wilburn and Daven Tackett, has topped 100 franchises after selling six franchises in the month of December.
The new franchises are in Edmond; Reno, Nev.; North Bay, Calif.; St. Cloud, Minn.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Treasure Coast, Fla. The company has expanded to 102 franchises in 22 states.
“At the beginning of 2009, we had 72 franchises across the country,” Wilburn said. “We believe much of that growth is due to the recession, as more families across the country search for ways to save money and earn money.”
JBF also reports a 30-percent increase in sales in 2009.

SeekingSitters offers corporate services
While the words “snow day” are often music to a child’s ears, those words can bring headaches to working parents who must scramble to find a sitter on short notice.
SeekingSitters Franchise Systems Inc., founded in Tulsa by husband-wife team David and Adrienne Kallweit, expanded its business to offer a solution to the problem, offering a corporate babysitting program.
“As a working mother I personally know how difficult it is to find safe and reliable child care,” Adrienne Kallweit said. “This is the reason that my husband and I started SeekingSitters. We are now able to provide this service to businesses as a benefit to their employees so that businesses don’t lose productivity and employees can feel safe about their children’s care.”
SeekingSitters offers child care through its corporate program for the following: meetings, company retreats, corporate parties, employee benefits and gifts and backup child care.
SeekingSitters services can be offered as part of a company’s employee benefits package and allot funds to employees.
Visit www.seekingsitters.com for information.

Preservation nation
The National Park Service awarded a $150,000 grant to the Cherokee Nation to preserve its 1870-built Capitol.
More than 139 years after its construction, the Cherokee National Capitol still stands and operates as a symbolic landmark for the Cherokee people.
The building is Cherokee Nation’s only National Historic Landmark.
Awarded by a cooperative municipal program named Save America’s Treasures, the federal money will go toward restoring the building’s roof and foundation, which has significantly deteriorated due to water infiltration. The funds will also aid in the installation of an appropriate drainage system.
The Cherokee National Capitol preservation project is scheduled to begin in 2010. The building currently houses the judicial branch of the Cherokee Nation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Don’t hate the 918
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission will hold public deliberations Monday, Jan. 4, on what plan to institute in the 918 area code to deal with the predicted exhaust of available phone numbers.
The commission has two choices: to overlay or split. All existing numbers would keep the 918 area code in an overlay. In a split, the existing 918 area code’s geographic area is split, with one part keeping the 918 area code and the other part getting a new code.
A new code is needed because shortages have occurred at the prefix level — the three-digit number between the area code and the four-digit number.
The meeting is at 9:30 a.m. in Room 301 of the Jim Thorpe Building, 2101 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City.



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