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Emergency Preparedness Commission

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The Community Emergency Preparedness Commission was established in 1998 to advise the City Council on matters pertaining to emergency services planning and emergency preparedness training within the City. The Commission consists of five (5) members and two (2) technical advisors who are appointed by the City Council. The Commission’s main purpose is to prepare and train Rancho Mirage residents and businesses for natural disasters, such as major earthquakes and floods. (Res. Nos. 98-18, 98-22, 2003-33, 2004-40, 2006-49, 2010-29, 2012-26, 2013-11, 2014-43, 2016-29, 2017-37, & 2019-06)

EPC Mission / Subject Matter Jurisdiction

"The EPC shall effectively plan and prepare Rancho Mirage residents and businesses for natural disasters such as major earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters." - Pursuant to City Council Resolution 2019-06 effective February 21, 2019.

  • Dr. Kirk Dandridge, MD. - Chair
  • Mitch Brown - Commissioner
  • Tonia Hyams - Commissioner
  • Caprice Leinonen - Commissioner
  • MaryLou Suter - Commissioner
  • Katie Stice - Technical Advisor
  • VACANT - Technical Advisor
Ex-officio non-voting members
Mayor Steve Downs

Mayor Pro Tem Ted Weill

Council Member Lynn Mallotto

Council Member Meg Marker

Council Member Michael O’Keefe

Staff Liaison
Brian Kephart
Emergency Manager

Meeting Schedule

The Emergency Preparedness Commission is regularly scheduled to meet monthly beginning at 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month, unless the meeting has been adjourned. Those interested in attending the meeting are encouraged to call City Hall at (760)-324-4511 to confirm the date/time.