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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 18, 2009
Vivian Eason 360-786-5243 or email easonv@co.thurston.wa.us 

Disaster Preparedness Class Offered June 29th

OLYMPIA – Thurston County residents are invited to a "Map Your Neighborhood" training.  Map Your Neighborhood is a program designed to help residents prepare for disasters and is offered through the Thurston County Emergency Management Office. 

 Program Synopsis

  • Learn the 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster.
  • Identify the skills and equipment inventory each neighbor has that are useful in an effective disaster response.
  • Create a Neighborhood map identifying locations of natural gas and propane tanks and identifying those neighbors with specific needs.
  • Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood after a disaster and take the necessary actions.

Program Structure

  • Start a neighborhood group by attending a 2-hour Train-the-Trainer session, which provides important information on how to effectively facilitate a neighborhood meeting, details the steps to take following a disaster, and provides answers to questions or concerns.
  • Once trained, participants may order program materials through the Thurston County Emergency Management Office.  These materials include the Map Your Neighborhood Handout Shingle, a Discussion Guide, CD and DVD which contain forms, resources and information.
  • After facilitating a Map Your Neighborhood team, participants can fill out the M.Y.N. postcard and send it to the Thurston County Emergency Management Office.  This allows tracking and evaluation of the teams and the program. 

    Map Your Neighborhood Train-the-Trainer
    Monday, June 29, 2009   ~   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Thurston County Emergency Management, 2703 Pacific Avenue SE , Olympia
    (Pre-registration is not required.)

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3