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Orting lahar drill delayed

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on May 1, 2009 at 5:30 pm with No Comments »
May 1, 2009 5:30 pm

The Orting School District’s spring lahar drill, which typically takes place the first week of May, will be delayed this year.

Orting City Manager Mark Bethune said that although the drill was originally scheduled for Tuesday, it probably will take place a couple of weeks from now instead.

City and school district officials had difficulty coordinating this year’s spring drill in part because they’re still figuring out whether they have the ability to activate the city’s five lahar sirens themselves, Bethune said.

During many past drills, the state or the county has activated the sirens.

The city will run its own silent test of the warning system on Monday to see if it works, Bethune said. The customary live drill involving students evacuating the Orting Valley on foot will most likely occur sometime later this month. Another will occur as usual in fall.

Officials will give citizens advance notice of when the spring drill is to be rescheduled, Bethune said.

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