The City of Puyallup and the Puyallup School District (PSD) together coordinated a full-scale evacuation exercise of schools and other public facilities located in the lahar impact area. The exercise took place on May 17, 2019.
This exercise was designed to test and improve the City’s and the PSD’s abilities to evacuate students and staff in the event of an incoming lahar from Mount Rainier. All plans and procedures emphasize the safety of the 8,000 students and staff who participated.
During the exercise, the City’s Emergency Operations Center was activated to assure the safe movement of students and staff from 20 facilities, receive communications from the field, and coordinate resources with multiple partners. All exercise activities were documented and evaluated to determine if any plans warrant modification and to address any issues of concern as they relate to an actual lahar.