Some offices of Thurston County government will be briefly closed at times the first four days of May for emergency preparedness drills. County employees at the main courthouse campus on Lakeridge Drive in Olympia will be asked to briefly "lock down" the buildings on May 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The first three drills will be held in the morning hours, the fourth drill could come anytime on Friday the 4th. Thurston County Commission chair Cathy Wolfe says the drills are an important part of service to the public. "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. That's why it's important for us to occasionally practice our reaction to make sure county workers know their proper response and their roles and responsibilities in those situations."
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. "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 buildings to assist the public during the drills.
- WHAT: Lock Down Drills
- WHERE: Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW Olympia
- WHEN: Tuesday, May 1st through Friday, May 4th at various times
- DURATION: Less than 30 minutes