Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)

Mailing Address:
9521 Tilley Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512

Phone: (360) 867-2800
Fax: (360) 867-2811

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Updated:   March 31, 2016 09:49 AM

What is DART?

The Thurston County Disaster Assistance Response Team brings together community volunteers who provide needed services to the people of Thurston County before, during and after times of emergencies and/or other disasters.

The DART's goal is to have knowledgeable members trained in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), disaster preparedness, basic disaster response, fire extinguisher use, emergency radio communications, sandbagging, basic first aid, AED, safety assessment, shelter care, etc.

Why Do We Need a DART?

The first response to a disaster is a local response.  There are not enough first responders and full-time staff to respond during a large scale disaster.  The DART will assist Thurston County and local emegency response partners by providing a group of readily trained and available resources to help our community in time of need.

Who is Eligible to be a Member of DART?

Any individual 18 years of age and older can apply to be a member of the DART.  All applicants must pass a background check with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, possess a valid driver's license and complete 20 hours of core training.  Additional training will be offered at least quarterly to include:

  • First Aid/CPR

  • Shelter Training through the American Red Cross

  • Harassment Prevention

  • Emergency Coordination Center Training

  • Sandbagging/Flood Response Training

  • ICS 100, 200, 700 & 800 (online courses)

  • Emergency Worker Program

If you would like more information, please contact Vivian Eason at easonv@co.thurston.wa.us.

Revised: 03/31/16