Calling all folks living in Puyallup, Sumner, Orting, Tacoma, Fife, Milton, Bonney Lake...and everywhere in between! (Basically, if you can see the beautiful Mount Rainier out your window, we are talking to you... 😉)
On Mon., May 2 at noon, Pierce County Emergency Management will test its 17 outdoor lahar warning sirens in the Puyallup River Valley. Additionally, the cities of Fife, Orting and Puyallup will test their 10 older civil defense era sirens. May is designated as Volcano Awareness Month which coincides with the anniversary of the catastrophic eruptions of Mount St. Helens in May of 1980. Eruptions and lahars at Mount St. Helens took the lives of 57 people and caused billions of dollars in property damage.
To correspond with Volcano Awareness Month, some valley schools are coordinating evacuation drills along with the test. In addition to this, the 2022 Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute cohort is organizing a brand new fundraiser:
The Run for your Life 5k Fun Run!
Lahars (mudflows) from Mount Rainier are the primary hazard to developed areas in the valley including Orting, Sumner, Puyallup and Fife. The recent tsunami and the destruction it brought remind us how important it is to provide early warning to residents. The lahar sirens are designed for the outdoor and driving public and are one of the tools used to alert residents during a lahar.
The 5k Fun Run will take place at Corliss Resources (16805 64th St E, Sumner, WA 98390) on May 28, 2022 from 8:00am to 11:00am. All funds will be donated to Thrive Center. To learn more about Thrive Center, visit their website here: https://www.thrivecenter.life/about