Grand Mound, WA – Thurston County yesterday practiced their response to a ‘tsunami’ of refugees. Jesse Chapin, Coordinator for homeland security region 3’s incident management team explained what an inland county can expect “When I first came to the region about six years ago I used to hear those other counties say ‘well we don’t have tsunami, no big deal for us.’ Yes but you’re going to have about 20,000 extra residents in about 10 minutes.”
Transit buses mock-evacuated people from the coast to Thurston County yesterday morning as part of an evacuation response exercise. Chapin said “We will have 100 citizens show up and need housed and fed.”
Yesterday’s drill, dubbed “Pacific Panda” helped Thurston county responders understand what a tsunami aftershock might look like for non-coastal Washington counties.