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 1, 2, 3 and 4. The first three drills will be held in the morning hours, the fourth drill could come any time on Friday.  

Thurston County Commission chair Cathy Wolfe said 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,” she said. “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.”

During the drill, courthouse visitors will be given an explanation of what is happening and they will be guided to gathering areas. County employees will be located inside and outside the buildings to assist the public during the drills.