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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Karen Valenzuela, Thurston County Commission Chair, 360-786-5440
Don Krupp, Thurston County Manager, 360-786-5440

Earthquake Drill and Evacuation Impacts Thurston County Courthouse

OLYMPIA - Offices of Thurston County government will be briefly closed on September 1st for an earthquake drill. County employees at the courthouse campus on Lakeridge Drive in Olympia will be asked to "drop, cover and hold" and then to briefly evacuate the buildings. Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela says the drill helps to keep county employees ready should a disaster strike. "Doing periodic preparedness drills like this one is really the key to being prepared when the emergency actually happens. An exercise like this helps to remind county workers what to do to protect courthouse visitors and themselves in a real incident."

County Manager Don Krupp says during the drill, county employees will explain to courthouse visitors what is happening and will guide them to gathering areas. "We appreciate the patience of the public as we practice our reaction to an emergency. Our ability to react properly during a real situation is enhanced by their cooperation during exercises." Certain county employees will be located inside and outside the buildings to assist the public during the drill, which will last about ten minutes.

  • WHAT: Earthquake Drill and Evacuation
  • WHERE: Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW Olympia
  • WHEN: Thursday, September 1st at 1:15 in the Afternoon
  • DURATION: About 10 Minutes


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3