City of Tumwater, Washington  |  |  September 2015 

ACouncilmember Hildreth on Emergency Preparedness
"Are you prepared?" Hearing this message repeatedly inspired Councilmember Ed Hildreth and his wife, Jodie, to take steps to prepare their family for emergencies. The first step was to go online and learn how to prepare his family and home for potential disasters. "There are so many resources available and they're easy to find," he added. With a little work, Ed has now amassed a number of items that are reserved for emergency use:
  • A large emergency kit in their home storage area contains flashlights, batteries, radios, protective blankets, candles, fire starter, and a big first aid kit.
  • A kerosene stove for outdoor cooking in a well-ventilated area (with extra fuel) is always on hand.
  • Strategically placed tools are set aside for turning off water and gas connections.
  • A large collection of canned goods (with can opener) and water (which is rotated out every year or so) are also set aside.
  • Every family vehicle has an emergency kit and first aid kit too.
  • And their family has arranged for a meeting place and they carry out-of-town emergency contacts.
Ed hopes that no disaster will ever require that these supplies be used. But he notes a feeling of surety for learning how to prepare and for taking actions to gather supplies, just in case.

Councilmember Ed HildrethEd Hildreth served on the Planning Commission for 14 years before being elected to the Tumwater City Council in November of 2009 and re-elected in 2013. Now in his sixth year on the City Council, Ed has developed an interest in transportation and land use and feels that, when managed correctly, both can enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Tumwater and the greater community. Read more about Councilmember Ed Hildreth

Stay tuned for future editions of Tumwater on Tap to learn how others demonstrate their emergency preparedness leadership in Tumwater.

C National Voter Registration Day
Did you know that every year there are important issues to be voted on and local officials running for office? With so many important elections being held, millions of people still need to register to vote in order to make their voices heard. Join the discussion by registering on National Voter Registration Day, September 22.

National Voter Registration Day was first started for the 2012 presidential election. It has now become an annual holiday and celebration when thousands of people ensure our family, friends and neighbors are registered to vote. For more information you can visit or the Thurston County Auditor's Office website.
Donate to the Tumwater Police K-9 Program Today!
K-9 Otis takes a break
Tumwater Farmers Market 
Every Wednesday through September from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Corner of Israel Road and Capitol Boulevard.
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BRegister for the Police Citizen's Academy 
Tumwater University Police Citizen's Academy is a FREE 3-week, two evenings per week, classroom based course that includes hands on learning and mock crime scenes. Our goal is to facilitate a better understanding of local police services and the criminal justice system. Instructors are commissioned police officers and detectives that are eager to share information about their job to keep our community safe. 

The curriculum is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the Tumwater Police Department's operation. Classes include criminal law and the justice system, police patrol procedures, use of force, 911 communications, crime prevention, DUI/ traffic enforcement, domestic violence, school violence, narcotics, use of force, and investigations.

Demonstrations by the SWAT and K-9 units, and student participation add to the learning and excitement. The course is concluded with a mock crime scene investigation and a graduation ceremony. All participants receive a diploma and a Tumwater University Police Citizen's Academy t-shirt at graduation.

Class time is from 18:30-21:00 (6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) on Mondays and Thursdays- for three weeks.Attendance at all classes is required as these six sessions build on one another. Class begins October 5, 2015 and continues through October 22, 2015.

Space is limited! Apply online at Police Citizens Academy, or contact or (360) 252-5424 with questions about registration.
Reserve your ticket for a special talk entitled, "An Intimate Look at the Mayors of Historic Tumwater." This special Schmidt House History Talk has been scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2015, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place, in Tumwater. This event will be hosted by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation with hors d'oeuvres and time to socialize. 

Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling Don Trosper, Public History & Development Manager, at the Olympia Tumwater Foundation by calling (360) 786-8117.

The Olympia Tumwater Foundation produces a series of talks each year to outline Tumwater history with support from Tumwater Lodging Tax funds. The Schmidt House History Talk series generally runs from October through May on the third Thursday of each month. History Talks are recorded and replayed on Thurston Community Television and are also available On Demand through their website. 

Nearly 4,000 people helped to celebrate the legacy of brewing in our community at the 2015 Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on August 22. Thanks to the sponsors, brewers, volunteers, and everyone that attended for helping to create another great event! 

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855