Alert Messages
  • Rochester Landline 9-1-1 Potential Outage Jan. 6, 2022
    • ‚ÄčLandline telephones may be impacted by flooding in the greater Rochester area. This may impact the ability to call 911 from a landline. If you need emergency assistance and are not able to get through to 911 by landline, try dialing or texting 911 from a cell phone. Do not try to test access to 911 unless you absolutely need emergency assistance.

  • Skookumchuck Evacuation Jan. 6, 2022
    • Short Message:

      Evacuation advisement for the Skookumchuck River in Thurston Co. Prepare to leave at moments notice. See http://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/em/pages/ei.aspx for info.

      Long Message:

      This is Thurston County with an important message.

      The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Skookumchuck River in Thurston County thru Saturday afternoon.  The river is expected to rise rapidly and cause major flooding.

      An evacuation advisement has been issued for the Skookumchuck River in Thurston County.

      Conditions indicate a good probability that hazards associated with potential flooding will severely limit our ability to provide emergency service protection.  Dangerous conditions may threaten your residence or business.

      You must prepare to leave at a moments notice.  Fire and law enforcement personnel are working in this area to provide specific information about when to leave and routes to be taken.

      We will attempt to keep you advised as conditions change, however, this may be the only notice you receive.

      Heavy rain will continue today across the region, falling on top of existing low-elevation snow, resulting in flooding.

      At 215 feet, the Skookumchuck River in Thurston County will cause major flooding in the Bucoda area with deep, swift flood waters inundating residential and business areas and roads.  Flooding will occur all along the river including headwaters, tributaries and other stream within and near the Skookumchuck River Basin.


  • Chehalis Evacuation Jan. 6, 2022
    • Short Message:

      Evacuation advisement for the Chehalis River in Thurston Co. Prepare to leave at a moments notice. See http://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/em/pages/ei.aspx for info.

      Long Message:

      This is Thurston County with an important message.

      The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Chehalis River near Grand Mound thru Sunday afternoon.  The river is expected to rise rapidly and cause major flooding.

      An evacuation advisement has been issued for the Chehalis River in Thurston County.

      Conditions indicate a good probability that hazards associated with potential flooding will severely limit our ability to provide emergency service protection.  Dangerous conditions may threaten your residence or business.

      You must prepare to leave at a moments notice.  Fire and law enforcement personnel are working in this area to provide specific information about when to leave and routes to be taken.

      We will attempt to keep you advised as conditions change, however, this may be the only notice you receive.

      Heavy rain will continue today across the region, falling on top of existing low-elevation snow, resulting in flooding.

      At 144.5 feet, the Chehalis River in Thurston County will cause major flooding, inundating roads and farmlands in Independence Valley. Deep and swift flood waters will cover SR-12 and James, Independence and Moon Roads. Flooding will occur all
      along the river including headwaters, tributaries, and other streams within and near the Chehalis River Basin.



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Thurston County Emergency Management, in an effort to keep our citizens safe and apprised of hazardous conditions in the area, uses several types of alerts to warn the public of potential hazards within Thurston County:

  • Emergency Notification Public Alerts

    These types of notifications typically target a geographic area and include a wide range of alerts including: 
    •  burn bans
    • boil notices
    • missing persons
    • and chemical spills to name a few.
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS)

    EAS alerts typically involve the whole county and are immediate and widespread. These alerts are broadcast on Television, Radio and NOAA Weather Radios. The alerts begin with a loud audible beep followed by specific instructions.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

    WEA are text alerts that can be received on most smart phones and are relevant to your current location, not your home or the address associated with your phone. WEA messages are short and typically alert for extreme weather or area hazards, AMBER Alerts or Presidential alerts of national emergency. You can opt out of all WEA alerts, aside from Presidential alerts.
  • Public Alerts

    Public Alerts provide citizens the opportunity to sign up to receive certain types of notifications. Currently in Thurston County, river flood notifications are available for public sign up and notification.

If you are having trouble, or would like more information on Thurston Community Alert, call (360) 867-2800, or send us an email.