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Tulsa Public Affairs team claims Award for Emergency/Disaster Response

The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Office received the 2015 Locke L. Mouton Public Affairs Award for their efforts communicating the district’s disaster and emergency response efforts during and following the Summer and Winter Floods of 2015.

The Tulsa District used social media and traditional media outlets to effectively tell the story of the rangers, engineers and maintenance personnel who monitor and maintain the district’s structures to minimize flooding.

Here are a few examples of how the office used social media to get the district’s messages to the public.

The vortex is approximately 8 feet in diameter and capable of sucking in a full-sized boat, so please heed all safety buoys and caution signs

Aerial view of flood waters flowing over the Lake Texoma auxiliary spillway during the 2015 flood.

The Tulsa District Public Affairs Team success includes Ed Johnson, Chief of Public Affairs, Preston Chasteen and Thomas Mills. During the Summer Flood of 2015, the Public Affairs Office was shorthanded and relied upon support from Abbie Jones of Operations Division, Diana Fredlund of Walla Walla District and David Palmer of the Los Angeles District.

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USACE Outstanding Knowledge Management Professional of the Year 2016

By Tulsa District PAO

Melissa Bryan-Manske, a systems coordinator, in the Plans Program and Management Division  was awarded the Outstanding Knowledge Management Professional of the Year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Bryan-Manske demonstrated a high level of desire and commitment to advancing, advocating and implementing Knowledge Management Processes and principles across the Tulsa District, the Southwestern Division and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She developed the organization’s 2015 Flood Fight Wiki page and the established the Tulsa District’s Knowledge Management Advisory Committee.

Melissa has shown exceptional mentoring and collaboration across the District and Division. Her efforts have been recognized at the highest levels of the Corps of Engineers as best practices for knowledge management.

The official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division publication