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Thurston County, Washington

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Emergency Management

Thurston County Emergency Management recommends that anyone who lives, works, and plays in Thurston County learn about local disasters, have a plan, build a kit and prepare in a year.

Learn About Local Disasters

Learning about hazards where you work, play, and live will help you, your household, workplace, and community get prepared.  Thurston County is at high risk for a major earthquake and flooding just to name a couple.  Knowing what could happen is important, depending on where you are in Thurston County.  Visit our Hazards page for more detail on Thurston County hazards.


Ready, Set, Go Evacuation information.  Level 1 Be Ready, Level 2 Be Set, Level 3 Go Now


Sometimes evacuating is necessary for your safety. Local law enforcement, first responders and emergency management try to give residents and visitors as much notice as possible so they are ready. It is important to know the evacuation levels and what they mean. 

 LEVEL 1 - BE READY: Be aware of the danger in your area and start preparing for possible evacuation. Monitor local media and check on neighbors. If you do not already have an evacuation plan or a go kit, assemble these now. Know how and where you will evacuate. Conditions can change suddenly, and you may not receive a LEVEL 2 - BE SET warning before you are ordered to LEVEL 3 - GO NOW.  Prepare both the inside and outside of your home. Leave if you feel unsafe, do not wait for an official evacuation order.

LEVEL 2 - BE SET: Be prepared for sudden evacuation. People who need help or more time to evacuate — people with disabilities, people with small children, people with medical conditions and people with large animals — should evacuate at this level. Have your go kit in your vehicle. Stay informed with local law enforcement and fire departments. Always remember to leave if you feel unsafe, do not wait for an official evacuation order. 

LEVEL 3 - GO NOW:  Danger in your area is current or imminent. Follow directions from law enforcement or fire departments and do not return home until officials have determined it is safe. Notification it is safe will be given as soon as possible.

Have a Plan

Having a disaster plan gives you peace of mind when an emergency happens. Decide as a group where your meeting locations are and who your out-of-area contact is.  Be aware of what threats and hazards are most likely to occur where you work, play, and live.  For more information, visit Washington State Emergency Management's Be Prepared: Make a Plan page.

Build a Kit

You may be on your own for at least two weeks when a disaster happens. But, it is possible that a major earthquake could leave residents on their own for a month or more. The first step is to build a 2 weeks ready kit at home. Plan for smaller kits for work, school, and in vehicles .  Once you have started a 2 week plan, consider adding supplies for a longer event.  For more recommendations on what to put in your kit, visit

Prepare in a Year

Don’t have the time or money to become prepared all at once? We recommend you take it in smaller steps.  Approach emergency preparedness, one month at a time, over the course of a year with this guide.

Different people have special considerations in emergencies.  We hope you will take the time to learn how area threats and hazards may impact you and your situation.

Access and Functional Needs

Disasters impact everyone in Thurston County, but emergencies affect people with access and functional needs more than others. Whether you are a caretaker or someone who lives with special considerations, making a plan and knowing what to do is important.   Please visit the Washington State Emergency Management Division for more resources

Are you interested in learning more about preparedness?  We are happy to speak with you and learn more about your needs and how our preparedness programs can help you become better prepared.  Please contact us at 360-867-2800 or email 


Training Opportunities

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a nationally supported, locally implemented initiative that teaches people how to better prepare themselves for hazards that may affect their communities. Since 1993, CERT trains the public in basic disaster response skills such as team organization, disaster medical operations, fire safety, and light search and rescue. The ability for CERT volunteers to perform these activities frees up professional responders to focus their efforts on more complex, essential, and critical tasks.

Thurston County Emergency Management in cooperation with our Thurston County Disaster Assistance Response Team, hosts Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  There are currently no additional courses scheduled for 2023.  f you would like to be added to our waiting list for this training in 2024, please contact