Earthquake Preparedness

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Earthquake PreparednessHer­e are a few important details you should know in the event of an emergency:

  • The City of Indian Wells has a comprehensive plan to respond to any emergency.

  • The city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is located next to the fire station adjacent to City Hall. The building is retrofitted to withstand a 7.5 earthquake and can run off a generator. A radio room is equipped with special phone lines and all paperwork to communicate with Riverside County officials.

  • Country clubs and HOAs within Indian Wells have disaster plans in place. All guard gates in Indian Wells have city radios that are frequently checked to ensure service.

  • Have emergency supplies at the ready for at least 72 hours. Your earthquake preparedness kit should include: emergency and important phone numbers, bedding, clothing, candles, matches, hand operated can opener and disposable dining utensils, shovel, infant needs, personal documents, cash, water purification tablets, non-perishable three-day food supply, pet food, flashlight, radio, batteries, and first aid kits including prescription medications.

  • The best procedure for protection indoors during an earthquake is Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Drop to the ground, take Cover under heavy furniture such as a table or desk, and Hold On to your position until the shaking stops.

  • If you are outdoors, avoid standing directly outside of buildings, at exits, and next to exterior walls. Find a clear spot, drop to the ground, and stay there until the shaking stops.

  • If you are in a moving vehicle, move immediately to a clear area away from buildings, trees, overpasses or utility wires. Stop and stay in the vehicle until shaking completely stops.

For more information about City of Indian Wells emergency management services, call (760) 346-2489 or view our Emergency Newsletter.

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