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Thurston County, Washington

The content on the Thurston County website is currently provided in English. We are providing the “Translation” for approximately 10 languages. The goal of the translation is to provide visitors with limited English proficiency to access information on the website in other languages. The translations do not translate all types of documents, and it may not give you an exact translation all the time. The translations are made through an automated process, which may not result in accurate or precise translations, particularly of technical and legal terminology.

Emergency Management

The Thurston County Disaster Assistance Council was formed through a cooperative agreement to bring together humanitarian service organizations, other community organizations, and private and governmental agencies. 

The council was established following the record breaking floods in 1996.  During that flood event, hundreds of calls from individuals and businesses were received offering services to help disaster victim’s recover from the flood.  Such services included cleaning and repairing homes, clearing land, repairing vehicles, providing building materials, preparing food, providing childcare, animal care and providing transportation.   Additionally, hundreds of calls were received from victims requesting assistance.

The purpose of the council is to establish policies and procedures and organize disaster assistance in the most economical and effective manner. Through the efforts of the of the members of the Disaster Assistance Council, there can be a cooperative effort to offer timely and expeditious assistance to victims of a disaster.  The Disaster Assistance Council works in conjunction with the Emergency Management Council of Thurston County.

To learn more about the Disaster Assistance Council, please email