Office and department wings of Thurston County government at the main courthouse campus in Olympia will be subject to emergency preparedness drills throughout next week. From Monday-Friday, county employees will be asked to “lock down” buildings at various times during the day for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Members of the public at the courthouse during these drills will be assisted by county staff and given the option of returning to their vehicles or waiting in designated areas until the drill is over. Staff members will be stationed both inside and outside county buildings to provide information during the drills.
“We expect the drills to be brief and appreciate the patience of the public as we practice our emergency response,” Ramiro Chavez, Thurston County manager, said in a press release.