Thurston County facilities are now open to the public with restrictions, including maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet at all times and, per the Washington State Secretary of Health’s face covering order wearing a cloth face covering or mask. If you come to county facilities, please be prepared for potentially long wait times or lines due to distancing guidelines. We continue to encourage residents to access county services online, by phone, by email, or through the use of drop boxes located outside of county buildings.
The availability of remote services vary by office and department.

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Alert Messages


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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 received 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.