Coachella Valley Disaster Preparedness Network to Host Free Community Disaster Preparedness Training

Registration is open for the Coachella Valley Disaster Preparedness Network’s free training seminars for community disaster preparedness.

The Coachella Valley Disaster Preparedness Network prepares citizens for catastrophic events. The group provides training, education and networking opportunities to help all local communities become cohesive and self-sufficient, ensuring communities are prepared to meet the challenges of natural and man-made disasters.

Upcoming training sessions will include personal instructions, samples, templates, resources and other lifesaving materials to equip HOAs and non-HOA communities to develop disaster response plans. CVDPN says people will walk away equipped with the basic template and a manual to use to create their community disaster plan customized to fit their community.

Carla Sullivan Dilley is the President of CVDPN.

“They’re going to discover a personal plan that they need to take care of themselves first. And then second, their home and those who live there. But most importantly, a community plan,” Sullivan Dilley said. “We care about people. We want them to survive. We want them to succeed.”

The creation of this new program has been underway since January 2022. The training is sponsored by the shareholders of Edison International, the parent company of SCE.

“They will be able to walk away with their model plan, go back to their community and share it with the rest of the population,” Sullivan Dilley said.

Training dates:

  • Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 1st Dec. from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Both courses require prior registration. Sessions will be held in Palm Desert at the RAP Regional Access Project building, 41550 Eclectic St.

Due to high demand, CVDPN requests that only one person from each neighborhood, non-HOA community, and HOA attend.

Guido Portante is the emergency planning manager for the Mira Vista community in Rancho Mirage. Even with a nearly 40-year career in the military and numerous disaster courses under his belt, he wants to be as prepared as possible to help his neighbors when disaster strikes. That’s why he signed up for the training.

“The more prepared we are – each individual and each owner is prepared, the less chaotic it could be,” Portante said. “Everything I do impacts me as an owner as well as the rest of my co-owners.”