Crystal Kline

Crystal Kline

Preparedness Specialist

Professional Profile

Crystal Kline is a Preparedness Specialist for Tidal Basin's Resiliency-Preparedness and Mitigation Programs. She is co-author of "Disaster Preparedness, a Living Free Guide," and a contributing writer for “Living With Climate Change: How Communities Are Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Climate,” by George Haddow and Jane Bullock. She was Oklahoma’s first female federally certified Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP), is a certified HSEEP Trainer, was an adjunct instructor at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD, and instructor at the University of Oklahoma Resilience Development Institute. Beginning with her work in Tulsa Project Impact, and later Tulsa Citizen Corps, more than 20 years in the emergency management industry have given her a strong background in a variety of areas such as disaster preparedness, hazard mitigation, public information and communications, development and facilitation of comprehensive exercise programs,  and building public/private partnerships. 

Prior to her work with Tidal Basin, Crystal led the Emergency Operations Plan Task Force in development of the Emergency Operations Plan for Tulsa Community College's five large campuses, and designed and facilitated a large tabletop exercise for the college staff and faculty; she developed the Continuity of Operations Plan for the University of Oklahoma's Schusterman Campus operations department, and designed and facilitated a tabletop exercise that included staff and faculty campus-wide. 

As a recovery specialist for James Lee Witt Associates (now Witt O'Brien's), Crystal worked on a variety of tabletop exercises. In 2009 and 2010, she was part of the partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative’s efforts to spur economic development in Haiti through providing Haitians with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, where she not only led the preparation of the curriculum and designed the exercises, but accompanied a team of Haitian New York City firefighters to Port-au-Prince. There they trained 400 residents of the nation’s largest tent city to become the nation’s first CERT team. She assisted in management of the training efforts which included two full-scale exercises, managed the media covering the event, and acted as public spokesperson in interviews with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and MSNBC. She was a weekly radio guest on Neighborhood Watch on In the fall of 2010, she worked on the long term recovery of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She met with and interviewed community stakeholders in order to assess the long term impacts and needs of the coastal communities impacted by the oil spill, reported on her findings, and assisted in analysis of the gathered data.     

Crystal has enjoyed a long and varied freelance writing career as well, including interviews with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Jada Pinkett Smith, Elvin Bishop and others. She resides in Tulsa, OK near her two grown children. 

Disaster Experience

  • Haiti Earthquake 2010
  • Deepwater Horizon British Petroleum Oil Spill 2010
  • Midwest Floods 2008, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Tulsa, OK Ice Storm 2007
  • Hurricane Katrina 2005
  • Hurricane Dennis 2005
  • Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne 2004    
  • Moore, OK Tornado, May 3, 1999       

Personal Affiliations

Vice Chair, Tulsa Stormwater Drainage Hazard Mitigation Advisory Board, Founding member Disaster Resilience Network, member Northeastern State University Homeland Security Program Advisory Board


Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) 2005, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Train the Trainer 2011, both from Emergency Management Institute

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