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2024 Lahar Evacuation Exercise on March 21

A picture of Mount Rainier

Schools located in the Puyallup valley will participate in a full-scale lahar evacuation exercise on Thursday, March 21.

What is the Lahar Drill Exercise?

The exercise is coordinated by the East Pierce Interlocal Coalition Emergency Management Team and is designed to test and improve the ability to evacuate students and staff in the event of an incoming lahar from Mount Rainier.

The Puyallup School District joins with the City of Puyallup, neighboring school districts, fire, police, and public agencies to practice evacuation and raise awareness in the event of a lahar emergency.

Drill Schedule and Procedures

Students will exit schools shortly after arrival on this day and will practice walking the designated emergency evacuation routes from the valley floor out of the lahar hazard area before turning back. In the interest of time, the practice evacuation will involve a modified rather than full evacuation route.

The exercise is expected to last about one hour.

PSD Students participating in the 2022 Lahar Drill

PSD Students from the 2022 Lahar Drill

Participating Schools

PSD schools practicing walking the designated emergency evacuation routes include:

  • Puyallup High School
  • Walker High School 
  • Aylen Junior High 
  • Kalles Junior High 
  • Karshner Elementary 
  • Maplewood Elementary 
  • Meeker Elementary 
  • Stewart Elementary 
  • Spinning Elementary
  • Shaw Road Elementary

Schools not located in the Puyallup valley, will conduct shelter-in-place drills as part of emergency response efforts during this time.

We will continue to share additional information about this event as the date draws near.