20 July, 2023 Hotel Attacks
There are five takeaways. First, comments by GM Swords on the hotel-casino’s crisis management plans, presumably for explosive device-related events, indicates the hotel’s emergency response protocols were effective.
Second, although the explosive device in this case was not a powerful one, it still could have caused human casualties plus physical damages, and possibly a fire. In the event of injuries, this would have exposed the hotel to lawsuits.
Third, the fact that an explosive device made it into the hotel indicates a potential gap in the hotel’s security protocols.
Fourth, the incident could have implications on the hotel’s insurance policy, with potential increases in premiums due to the identified security risk.
Fifth, while the motivation for introducing the explosive device into the hotel remains unknown, the fact that a powwow was ongoing at the time might be significant. Muir Analytics’ research indicates that the Osage Nation 2023 Census was ongoing when the crisis occurred.
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“New information released after agencies respond to explosive found at Ponca City casino, hotel,” KOCO News 5, 17 July 2023.
“Explosive device found in Osage Casino Hotel-Ponca City,” Bartlesville Radio, 14 July 2023.
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