Operation Prepare is a Navywide program initiated by the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). When an emergency strikes, knowing what to do can save time, property and lives. Learn how to prepare and cope with natural disasters, fast-spreading diseases and other emergencies through CNIC's Operation Prepare public awareness program:
- Know what emergencies are most likely to affect you and your family. The Indian Wells Valley and surrounding areas are prone to the following natural disasters: earthquakes, flooding, drought, heat waves, power outages and wildfires
- Learn your local emergency warning system. NAWS China Lake employs the AtHoc Emergency Notification System. This system allows the Emergency Management Office to notify the workforce en masse of emergencies and provide instructions, via computer pop-ups, office phone calls, cell phone calls and emails.
- Educate yourself and your family on the different ways to prepare for a disaster.
Have A Plan:
- Prepare multiple emergency plans for the various disaster types (e.g., what to do, where to go, whom to call) and locations, such as the office.
- Communicate your emergency plan with everyone in your family.
- Practice your emergency plan and update it every six months.
Make A Kit:
- Assemble several emergency kits – one each for your home, vehicle and workplace - with essential supplies for survival plus medicine and items for special needs and pets.
- Store valuable documents in a portable and waterproof container.
Visit the Ready Navy website for a more comprehensive overview of types of emergencies and actions, and how to create a plan and build a kit.
FEMA also offers a comprehensive online and downloadable resource on individual, family and community preparedness.
The American Red Cross has emergency specific fact sheets available for download that cover most major emergency events as well as taking care of your emotional health following a disaster.
Situated within multiple smaller earthquake fault zones and near the larger Garlock fault, the Ridgecrest area can, at times, get a bit shaky. Earthquakes are a common occurrence here, but most are of such a small scale they go unnoticed or barely affect daily life. It is important, however, to be prepared. The following checklists can help you and your family prepare for and remain safe in the event of a large-scale earthquake: