Event - Special Guest Dr. Marta Calvache - Sep. 19th, 2013, 7PM

An evening presentation at Puyallup City Hall by internationally recognized volcano scientist Dr. Marta Calvache, now Deputy Director of the Geological Survey of Colombia. Marta will speak about the 1985 eruption and lahars (volcanic mudflows) at Nevado del Ruiz volcano.

The resulting disaster caused 23,000 fatalities in the city of Armero and in smaller communities. Marta has plenty to say about what went wrong with preparedness efforts, and about the steps the Colombians have taken to make their volcano-response efforts more effective and among the most competent in the world.


Marta is featured in the book 'No Apparent Danger' by Victoria Bruce for her roles in volcano response at Nevado del Ruiz and Galeras volcanoes.

There will be plenty of time for questions and for discussion about similar hazards in communities around Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and other Cascade volcanoes.

Dr. Marta Calvache, Deputy Director, GSC

The presentation is sponsored by the City of Puyallup, Pierce County Department of
Emergency Management, and the US Geological Survey.


It will take place at Puyallup City Hall on September 19th at 7:00pm. The state fair will be underway down the road, but dedicated parking for this event is available in the garage below the city hall.

View the event flyer by
clicking here.



Public Hearing

On November 14th the 30% engineering design work for Orting's Bridge for Kid's pedestrian evacuation system will be on presented for a public hearing before the City Council of Orting.

Members of the Bridge for Kids Group, along with members of the project's Steering and Support Committee will be present to explain details and answer clarifying questions.

For the purpose of this occasion and future efforts, the project will be officially identified as:

The Orting Emergency Evacuation Bridge System




Who Are We?
Bridge for Kids began in November 2001. At a PTA meeting, a group of concerned parents gathered to discuss emergency evacuation in the event of a volcanic hazard known as a lahar. From this beginning a coalition of parents, school employees, and citizens banded together to develop a feasible evacuation plan for the Orting School District.

Mission Statement
To help plan and develop a pedestrian bridge/corridor linking the Orting Valley to the plateau to the east of Orting, providing education, evacuation, recreation and access between those communities.

Contact the Team
Contact the Bridge 4 Kids team with any questions by clicking here.

A Bridge for Kids
Is a Bridge for Everyone!

Special Thanks to:

Marilyn Rasmussen
Tom Campbell
Dave Reichert
Dan Bunker
Communities in School of Orting
Doug Schwarz
Mayor Cheryl Temple
Councilman Scott Drennen
Ron Emmons
Dylan Cramer
George Crawford
Sara Sanchez
Kerry Sanchez

Jim Mercer
Mark Bethune
Cheryl Temple
Scott Drennen
Sam Colorossi
Joe Pestinger
David Inge
Stanley Holland
Carolyn Driedger
Willie Scott
Kris Mohn
Linda Clark
Natalie Mohn

Tom Felkins
Jay Jones
Pat Pringle
Willie Scott
Luke Meyers
Steve Bailey
Jody Woodcock
Richard Schroedel
Maria Cino
Clementina Perez
Louise Marie Anderson


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