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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Karen Valenzuela, Thurston County Commission Chair, 360-786-5440
John Tennis, Public Information Officer, 360-709-3073

Lock Down Drills Will Impact Thurston County Facilities and Guests
Drills to be held June 2-June 6

OLYMPIA - Some offices of Thurston County government will be briefly closed at various times Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6 for emergency preparedness drills. County employees at the main courthouse campus on Lakeridge Drive in Olympia will briefly "lock down" the buildings in response to an imagined threat. Similar drills may be held at Family and Juvenile Court in the Mottman Industrial area and at other county facilities.

Thurston County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela says such exercises are needed occasionally. "It's important that we rehearse the proper response to various threats, human caused and natural, so that we can protect courthouse visitors and county staff should such an event occur in real life."

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 exercise is over. "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 and possibly at other county facilities
WHEN: Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6, at various times
DURATION: Less than 30 minutes



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3