Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Alert RivCo allows Emergency Managers and public safety first responders to rapidly alert and warn the public in the event of emergencies such as earthquakes, wildfires, and floods.


To register cellular phones, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), and email addresses, use the registration portal in the below link. Traditional, landline phone numbers are automatically registered -- even if the number is unlisted. If you have already registered you can update your information by logging in to the Swift911 Portal.



Click Here for the Current Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

The city has a plan to respond to any disaster -- from preparation through recovery -- as do Indian Wells country clubs.

If a major earthquake or other event causes damage to roads and communications infrastructure, city and Red Cross officials estimate families should be prepared to take care of themselves for the first 72 hours. By that time, it is anticipated that communications will be restored and emergency response can begin in earnest. Learn more about the city's Emergency Operations Center. Or CLICK HERE for more information on getting prepared.

It is extremely important for residents to have family emergency plans. The most critical items to have on hand are a disaster kit, three to five days of food and water readily available (for you and your pets!), and a supply of all necessary medications. Moreover, plan in advance where you will be staying if you leave your home or the valley. Making those decisions ahead of time ensures that you will have a well thought out emergency plan that will improve your comfort and safety.

The City of Indian Wells is conducting a 5-year update to our Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to help reduce or remove long-term risk and protect people and property from the effects of events like earthquake, fire, flood, terrorism, etc.  Under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390), State, Local and Tribal governments are required to develop a hazard mitigation plan to be eligible for certain federal disaster assistance.

The City supports local non-profit organizations that provide disaster preparedness training, education, and networking opportunities to communities in Indian Wells and throughout the Coachella Valley. Click here for a link to the Coachella Valley Disaster Preparedness Network (CVDPN). www.cvdpn.org


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Hazard Mitigation

Hazard mitigation planning is the process governments use to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and to develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property in future hazard events.  The process results in a mitigation plan that offers a strategy for breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.  The planning process and the resultant plan bring together a framework for developing feasible and cost-effective mitigation projects.

Opportunities for Input

In addition to the community hazard survey which was conducted May 15, 2017 through May 31, 2017 you may provide input to the Local Hazard Mitigation Planning team via the email below.  

A draft of the LHMP will be available for review and comment by the public and all interested stakeholders.

For more information on the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and how you can provide input, contact Greg Papazian at 760-346-2489 or gpapazian@indianwells.com.

Click Here for the Current Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

Click Here for 12 Steps to Emergency Preparedness

Click Here for the Emergency Preparedness Newsletter