OLYMPIA – Some offices of Thurston County government will be briefly closed intermittently between Monday, April 2, and Friday, April 6, for emergency preparedness drills. County employees at the main courthouse campus on Lakeridge Drive in Olympia, the Public Works – Tilley Facility, and Public Health and Social Services in Olympia will be asked to briefly “lock down” the buildings at various times during the week.
What: Emergency Preparedness “Lock Down” Drills
Where: Thurston County Courthouse Campus, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW Olympia
Public Works Main Office, 9605 Tilley Rd S, Olympia
Public Health and Social Services, 412 Lilly Rd. NE, Olympia
When: Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6, at various times
Duration: Less than 30 minutes
Thurston County Commission Chair Bud Blake said, “Performing preparedness drills are an important part of service to the public.” He said, “When we have an emergency that might require County workers to lock themselves in a secure office, it’s vital for the safety of the public and the workers that we get it right. It’s important for us to occasionally practice our reaction to make sure our employees know a proper response, and understand their roles and responsibilities in those situations.”
Ramiro Chavez, County Manager said, “During the drills, visitors will be given an explanation of what is happening. It will be their choice to either be guided to gathering areas or wait in their vehicles until the drills are complete.” He said, “The drill will be brief and we appreciate the patience of the public as we practice our reaction to an emergency.”
County employees will be located inside and outside the facilities to assist the public during the drills.