Governor Mary Fallin declares state of emergency for Pawnee county

Fallin

PAWNEE COUNTY, Okla.– Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for Pawnee County following Saturday’s 5.6 magnitude quake.

“I’m glad to hear no one was seriously hurt in today’s earthquake and damage appears to be limited. This emergency declaration will start the process to helping individuals, families and businesses impacted by the earthquakes and serves as a precursor to requesting any necessary assistance,” said Fallin.

“I appreciate the quick response by the Department of Emergency Management and Department of Transportation to assess damage of the affected area and to ensure our state highway and turnpike bridges are safe. And I applaud the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the state agency tasked with regulating the oil and gas industry, in taking swift action by ordering all disposal wells within a 725-square mile area of today’s earthquake to shut down and working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has sole jurisdiction over disposal wells in nearby Osage County.

“Information on the earthquake is still being collected,” Fallin said, “and will be reviewed by my coordinating council on seismic activity chaired by Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague, as we continue to move forward to make our state safe.”

Emergency management officials are asking people tp submit photos of earthquake damage to their homes or business through through the OK Emergency mobile application.

The app is available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices. Photos can also be submitted through the mobile site at www.emergency.ok.gov.

This executive order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It also marks a step toward seeking federal aid should it be necessary.

The state of emergency lasts for 30 days. Additional counties may be added if needed.