Telephone Alert System
9521 Tilley Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512
Phone: (360) 867-2800
Fax: (360) 867-2811
Updated: October 12, 2016 10:34 AM
Thurston County Emergency Management offers a telephone alert system to give river flood plain residents information on impending floods.
How it Works
Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) staff records a brief message onto a computer, then the computer is activated to call subscriber. Subscribers only receive notices regarding the river that threatens their area. We can provide notices regarding the Chehalis, Deschutes, Nisqually and Skookumchuck Rivers.
If you have an answering machine, our message will play after you recorder's prompt tone. If If there is no answer on your phone line after about eight rings, the system will hang up and call the next number on the list. After at least 15 minutes, it will try again, then a third time if necessary.
When are notifications sent?
The system will only be activated when, in the opinion of county emergency management staff, a level of warning above and beyond that provided by the National Weather Service and the media is needed to recommend residents take action to protect life or property.
Limitations you need to know about
Several add-on telephone features interfere with receipt of
emergency notifications. "Can your phone receive our
emergency notifications?" explains these limitations.