Published September 4, 2016
PAWNEE, OKLAHOMA – The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma declared a “State of Emergency” after several tribal buildings sustained damage from the earthquake that hit Oklahoma on Saturday morning.
The earthquake with a 5.6 magnitude hit about 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2016.
Pawnee Nation’s President W. Bruce Pratt issued this statement on Saturday:
“First off, I am happy to report that we have received no reports of injuries to any of our citizens. This is a great thing and we thank Atius for his mercies.
Second, the nations buildings have damage to such an extent that we will be closed until inspections can determine whether they are safe to occupy or not. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause or citizens but it is necessary for us to ensure the safety of our employees.
Finally, our emergency operations center is up and running. The staff has done an exemplary job at assessing the situation and will stay on call throughout the duration of this event.
Further information will be provided should the situation change, please check the website for current updates. Be safe and keep the citizens of the Pawnee Nation in your prayers.”
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