OLYMPIA - Using an "active shooter" scenario, Thurston County officials will be conducting lock-down drills at county facilities. The exercises will mean some short closures of county offices at times, the week of April 18. The drill includes one or two "fake" armed people per building, who will actually be checking to see if each interior office is locked and secured. The anticipation is that the drill will be over in about 30 minutes.WHAT: Lock Down Drills
Thurston County Commission chair Sandra Romero says the drills help prepare county staff in case the unthinkable should occur. "Though we don't like to contemplate these situations, it is our responsibility to prepare for them none the less. County employees need to know how to react and part of that responsibility is to practice how to take care of each other and the public."
County spokesman John Tennis says during the drill, courthouse visitors will be given an explanation of what is happening and they will be guided to gathering areas, or asked to wait in their vehicles until the drills are over; citizen choice. "The drill will be brief and we appreciate the patience of the public as we practice our reaction to such situations." County employees will be located inside and outside the buildings to assist the public during the drills.
WHERE: Thurston County Courthouse and other county office locations
WHEN: The week of April 18 at various times
DURATION: Less than 30 minutes