Welcome to Thurston County Emergency Management

Winter Preparedness

The most recent storm brought rain, wind, and power outages throughout Thurston County. While winter isn't officially here yet, Thurston County is encouraging everyone to prepare for winter storms by checking emergency kits and learning how to be informed before, during, and after disasters strike.

 Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds lasting a few hours to several days.  It can cut off heat, power, and communication services as well as putting older adults, children, sick individuals, and pets at greater risk. There is also a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion during a storm.

 "In preparation for winter, we're focusing on encouraging residents to sign up for Thurston Community Alert (TC Alert), the county's official emergency notification system," said Peter Tassoni, Thurston County Emergency Management Manager.  "With TC Alert, you can get alerts sent directly to your smartphone, or other devices, including flood warnings, evacuation notices and instructions, or severe weather alerts. Learn more and sign up today at tcalert.org or text Thurston to 67283 from your mobile phone."

 Sandbags are a critical resource during flood situations. They are used to limit water damage to buildings and to protect areas from inundation; however, the number of sandbags may become limited during an emergency. For information on where you can get sand and sandbags in Thurston County, please visit https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/em/Pages/default.aspx

 Visit the following websites for winter storm information and resources:

 To stay connected, follow Thurston County Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter at: Facebook ThurstonEM and Twitter @ThurstonEM.  While Thurston County is prone to flooding - especially in the fall and winter – our community is stronger and more resilient when we work together and prepare. 



Thurston Community Alert (TC Alert)

Sign Up for Alerts & Notifications!
Thurston County Emergency Management in cooperation with participating cities, uses several methods to warn the public of hazardous situations within the county.

Some of the warnings we issue require citizens to sign up to receive the messages, such as river flood alerts.

Click Here for more details or to register or update your current information.

QuakeSmart Tool Kit

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently produced a QuakeSmart Toolkit for businesses. The kit provides guidance on things you can do to help mitigate the damage an earthquake can do to your personnel, property, and to help lessen any financial losses that might be incurred.

For more information and to access the QuakeSmart Earthquake Mitigation Toolkit for Businesses, click here.


Become a SKYWARN Weather Spotter
Skywarn Weather Spotters are volunteers who helpkeep their local communities safe by providing timely and accuratereports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Skywarn stormspotters are citizens who form the nation's first line of defenseagainst severe weather.

Anyone with an interest in public service is encouraged to join the Skywarn program. Training is free and available online. Click here for more information.

Become a Weather Observer

CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.  CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow).   By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications.


See our Resource Links - an internet library of emergency management and preparedness information, organized by topics such as:

  • Personal, Family & Neighborhood Preparedness
  • Biological, Chemical & Environmental Hazards
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Drought
  • ... and many more

Click here for more information.




Contact Us

Mailing Address
9521 Tilley Road SW
Olympia, WA 98512

Phone (360) 867-2800
Fax (360) 867-2811

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