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Councilmember Sullivan on Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness is very important to Councilmember Debbie Sullivan. Like many, she keeps supplies in her car and at home, but she took additional steps to do more for the community. For several years Debbie served as a search and rescue (SAR) volunteer for the Thurston County Sheriff's Jeep Patrol and as a founding member of the South Puget Sound Mobile Search and Rescue (SPSMSAR) team.
  
"These are great organizations and I enjoyed working with these dedicated volunteers. There is nothing better in the world than to bring home lost hikers or a family member with Alzheimer. Urban searches are more common than you would think," she reflects.
 
By participating in these organizations, Councilmember Sullivan gained a wealth of knowledge on emergency management and encourages others to do the same.  Many know that there are never enough first responders during a large scale disaster. That's why Thurston County Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) organize and train. They prepare to mobilize existing resources to help our community in time of need. For those interested in learning more, visit Thurston County Jeep PatrolSouth Puget Sound Mobile Search and RescueDisaster Assistance Response Team.
  
Debbie Sullivan served on the Tumwater Planning Commission for more than ten years, prior to taking her seat on the Council in November of 2013. Debbie has lived in Thurston County for over 25 years and has been a Tumwater resident since 1998.
Volunteer Tumwater

Last year, over 10,200 volunteer hours were contributed to programs and projects in the City of Tumwater. Already this year, volunteers have been very busy around the City. In January, a crew braved the cold to do some weeding at the new Deschutes Valley Park (formerly T Street Park). The group, which included several youngsters, cleared invasive weeds from a stretch of land near the entrance of the park. In February, the City partnered with the American Red Cross to install smoke detectors in Tumwater homes. Volunteers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tumwater firefighters, and community members visited many homes in two neighborhoods and installed over 170 long-life smoke alarms that will help protect residents for 10 years.  



Next work party on March 19

Despite the efforts of the January volunteer team, there is still work to be done to prepare Deschutes Valley Park for its grand opening. Join us for another Weeding Work Party on Saturday, March 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., located at 600 T Street in Tumwater. This volunteer project is open to all ages, though participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. Register below or call the volunteer coordinator at (360) 252-5424
Easter Egg Dash on March 26

On March 26, just behind the Tumwater High School stadium in a large grassy area, over 20,000 brightly colored eggs will wait to be discovered. Excited youngsters dash across the open field collecting eggs filled with candy, small toys, and prize coupons during the annual Easter Egg Dash. The Easter Bunny is sure to drop by for high fives and photos. This is a free event for children ages 0 to 10 years. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 26th and bring a basket or bag to collect all those eggs!

11:00 a.m. - for ages 3 and under
11:15 a.m. - for ages 4 - 6
11:30 a.m. - for ages 7 - 10

For more information, click the button below, or call Parks and Recreation at (360) 754-4160.
Thurston Green Business

Businesses can be recognized for being "green" through the Thurston Green Business program. It's a partnership program between the cities of Tumwater, Olympia, Lacey, Thurston County, and the Thurston County Chamber to promote wise use of resources, share ideas and promote green business practices. 

The program features a county-wide designation program, recognizing area businesses who are taking significant steps toward sustainability. Any business within Thurston County may apply for a designation, regardless of membership in the Chamber. The Thurston Green Business website is intended to highlight a number of ways businesses can save some cash resources too.

Organizations can apply at any time during the year for a Green Business "certification" in one or more categories, including Buying & Selling Green, Energy Efficiency, Green Products and Services, Transportation & Commute Trip Reduction, Waste Reduction & Recycling, and Water Conservation. Businesses receive a sticker to display so customers know they value "green."

Call if you can, Text if you can't

To better serve citizens in emergency situations, it is now possible to text 9-1-1. Text to 9-1-1 is not a replacement to a voice call to 9-1-1 in an emergency, but rather is an enhancement to reach 9-1-1 services in specific situations. For members of the community with speech or hearing impairments, medical emergencies that render speech impossible, or emergencies like a home invasion in which speaking aloud would compromise your safety, 9-1-1 services can be reached without sound. 

Be sure to state your location and nature of the emergency clearly and without emoticons, abbreviations, or attachments when texting to 9-1-1, so an emergency dispatcher can get help to you as quickly as possible. 

For more information regarding Text to 9-1-1, visit the city website.
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