2022 Evacuation Exercise

The EPIC (East Pierce Interlocal Coalition) Emergency Management team, surrounding school districts, and partners are coordinating a full-scale lahar evacuation exercise. The exercise is designed to test and improve the ability to evacuate students and staff in the event of an incoming lahar from Mount Rainier. The exercise is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 29, 2022. All plans and procedures emphasize the safety of participants.

During the exercise, the City of Puyallup Emergency Operations Center will be activated to assure the safe movement of students and staff from over 20 facilities, receive communications from the field, and coordinate resources with multiple partners.

Exercise Objectives

1. Provide for the safety and accountability of all participants and responders throughout the exercise.

2. Evacuate all participating school (students and staff), as well as participating jurisdiction staff, on foot to their designated assembly areas.

3. Maintain traffic control and safe travels for all students, school staff, and participating jurisdiction staff.

4. Utilize small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to monitor the evacuation and movement of students and staff to their designated assembly areas.

Volcano evac route sign


Kirstin Hofmann

Emergency Manager



  • Puyallup School District
  • Orting School District
  • Sumner-Bonney Lake School District
  • White River School District
  • Carbonado Historical School District
  • City of Puyallup
  • City of Orting
  • City of Sumner
  • City of Bonney Lake
  • City of Buckley
  • Town of Carbonado
  • Town of Wilkeson
  • Central Pierce Fire and Rescue
  • Orting Valley Fire and Rescue
  • Pierce County All Hazards Type III Incident Management Team