Indio Disaster Preparedness Program



Addison Hesslink, CEM, MS, 

Emergency Services Coordinator 

100 Civic Center Mall 

Indio, CA 92201 

Phone: (760) 863-7467


Hello and thank you for viewing the City of Indio’s Disaster Preparedness web page.  Our objective is to ensure that Indio residents have the knowledge, training, and experience to know what to do before and after a disaster occurs. It isn’t a matter of if, but when a disaster will occur. Taking small steps each day will increase our resilience as a community; with each trip to the grocery store, buy an extra gallon of water or a few canned goods. When contacting a family member out of state, be sure to memorize their phone number so you are able to contact them after a disaster occurs. Also, taking the time to discuss a family communications plan, a family meeting location and a family evacuation plan before a disaster occurs will reinforce the culture of preparedness that we are trying to achieve as a City, as a County, and as a Nation. 

Addison has held many different Emergency and Crisis positions including:

  • Public Health Grants Manager for the State of New Mexico
  • The Emergency Management Recovery Specialist with New Mexico Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Situation Unit Leader for Southern Nevada Incident Management Team, Type 3
  • Emergency Management Assistant for North Las Vegas Office of Emergency Management. 

Addison holds a Master’s of Science in Emergency and Crisis Management, as well as, a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations.

Addison also holds the designation of Certified Emergency Manager, CEM, from the International Association of Emergency Managers, IAEM and has completed his Advanced Professional Series Curriculum through FEMA.

Should you have any questions about disaster preparedness, please contact him directly.  


The State of California Office of Emergency Services is requesting comments from the public on the revised State Hazard Mitigation Plan, please click HERE to review and comment. 

Disaster can strike at any time...

Prepare. Plan. Stay informed.

Natural disasters such as flood, fire, earthquake, and windstorm affect thousands of people across the United States every year. Each resident should know what the risks are in the community to be better prepared and protect ourselves, our families and our community.

Recognizing an impending hazard and knowing what to do to protect ourselves will help each of us know the steps to take to prepare for a disaster. 

The City of Indio recommends assembling a supply kit and developing a family emergency plan. By learning about these specific hazards we can better prepare ourselves to efficiently and effectively act before, during, and after an emergency.


Take the Disaster Preparedness Survey to test your level of disaster preparedness by clicking this LINK here.


Earthquake preparedness resources:


San Andreas Fault Line: 

Click HERE for Video