City of La Quinta:
This section provides you with information about the potential impact seven selected threats can have on lives and property here in the Coachella Valley.
It is not a prediction of what will happen but rather an illustration of potential impacts. Review this material and then use it to help you finalize your family preparedness plan and your emergency supplies kit. Use the navigation buttons to the left to quickly go to information on one of the seven “Threats.
Coronavirus Disease 2019
California is earthquake country and the Coachella Valley is where really big quakes can happen. We at Trilogy live about 10 miles from the infamous San Andreas Fault. Scientists at the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) estimate that we are 300 years overdue for a “big” quake (magnitude 7.8 or so) on the San Andreas Fault.
Those scientists estimate that a magnitude 7.8 quake will cause shaking here in the Coachella Valley for well over 1 minute and this shaking will be so strong that you won’t be able to stand up till it’s over.
The fault line crosses Interstate 10 east of us and again in the Banning/Beaumont area so I10 will be cut in those places. This quake will disrupt telecommunications for days and will take out our power, water, natural gas, and sewer systems for weeks. Water and sewage systems will take the longest to get back in operation because there is not enough of the needed pipes anywhere in the United States.
Government agencies will start trucking in water but this will primarily be water for drinking. Worse, this quake will cause serious shaking all over Southern California with major damage from the Coachella Valley to Los Angeles and northern Los Angeles County. When emergency help starts arriving, it will go to the areas with the most people impacted and that will be the Los Angeles County area then the city of San Bernardino area. We’ll get help but it will be later coming and there won’t be as much of it. SO PREPARE NOW.
WHAT TO DO WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE HITS
We have all been exposed to short-term (1 to 12 hours) power outages.
In the summer here in the Coachella Valley, a power outage of over 6 hours can be devastating, but now imagine no power for several days during the summer.
For more information on Power Outages, click HERE.
WHAT TO DO WHEN POWER OUTAGES OCCUR:
Imagine one of our 120 degree summer days with your air conditioning keeping you cool when suddenly, there is a thump and the power goes out – not just your power but power all over the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) sector of the Coachella Valley
What to do when we have a heat wave and there is no power
You’ve just heard the news… a tanker has dumped ammonia on a well-traveled road near you. Or maybe a train carrying hazardous chemicals has derailed.
There are many types of incidents where hazardous chemicals or materials can put you at risk. You’ll hear about a HAZMAT incident over radio or TV Emergency Alert System or, if you have signed up for the city of La Quinta CodeRED Emergency Information System you’ll get an emergency phone message.
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WHAT TO DO WHEN WE HAVE A HAZMAT INCIDENT:
IF IN YOUR HOME:
IF CAUGHT OUTSIDE:
FIRES (HOME AND WILD-LAND)
It is easy to underestimate the power of a fire. In less than 30 seconds, small flames can race completely out of control, with fire room temperatures reaching 600 degrees at eye level. Before you know it, you will be surrounded. An even greater threat can come from heat and toxic gases released by the fire.
In the Coachella Valley, wild-land fires can also be very dangerous. Even though it looks like there is nothing out there to burn, there is dry fuel everywhere and a wild-land fire (or the traveling sparks from a wild-land fire) can threaten us here at Trilogy.
What to do when there is a house fire incident
WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE IS A HOUSE FIRE INCIDENT:
WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE IS A WILD-LAND FIRE INCIDENT:
EPIDEMIC OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE OR PANDEMIC
We could be impacted by an outbreak of an infectious disease here in the Coachella Valley or there could be a pandemic (from Greek ??? pan “all” + ????? demos “people”) that is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide.
A widespread endemic disease that is stable in terms of how many people are getting sick from it is not a pandemic. There could even be an intentional release or dissemination of biological agents. These agents are bacteria, viruses, or toxins, and may be in a naturally occurring or a human-modified form.
The best preventative measures are to maintain good health and a healthy life style because germs are all around us. Easily spread from person to person, they can cause a variety of illnesses and infections. Here is information on diseases and some ways to avoid catching them or spreading them to others.
What to do when we have a epidemic or pandemic
Some of the most common food-borne diseases are E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Calicivirus. The rare, but deadly botulism disease occurs when a certain bacteria grows and produces a powerful paralytic toxin in the food. Sometimes meat and poultry can become contaminated during the slaughtering process if it comes in contact with small amounts of intestinal content. Likewise, vegetables washed or irrigated in water tainted by animal manure or human sewage can become contaminated. An outbreak occurs when a group of people consume the same contaminated food and two or more of them contract the same illness. Approximately 76 million cases of food-borne disease occur in the U.S. annually, with 325,000 resulting hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths reported each year.Common signs of food-borne disease include high fever, prolonged vomiting, a decrease in urination, dry mouth and throat, dizziness when standing up and diarrhea or bloody stools.
If you think you have a food-borne illness, contact your doctor. If you suspect the source of your sickness, you may also want to contact the restaurant or store where you purchased that particular food item.
Is there anything in the Coachella Valley that presents itself as a potential high value terrorist target? Probably not BUT terrorist attacks do not always involve political groups or foreign enemies. It can also be the work of a single deranged mind or several individuals with no motive other than to cause the loss of innocent lives.
Events such as Columbine, the Killeen, Texas cafeteria shooting and various high profile office killings in recent years point up the fact that terrorism can spring from our own neighborhoods. Though these occurrences are very rare, the best advice is to stay alert and be prepared to act calmly, but decisively.
A terrorist may like to strike a target that has limited protection and a high probability of a successful outcome for the terrorist.
Remember, the target is not relevant to the terrorist; what is relevant is the post attack feeling of helplessness that can impact a whole population and/or the problems the attack will cause all levels of government around a successful strike.
No one really knows when or where the next terrorist strike will occur in the United States. But that doesn’t mean we should throw up our hands and say, “Why bother?” On the contrary, if you plan ahead and make special preparations for an attack, you could have a much better chance of surviving one. Here are some things you can do.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE PREPARED: