March 2023 Oracle

Earthquake Drill March 3rd Be on the lookout Friday, March 3rd, for your Emergency Response Team in action. The ERT will be practicing their skills, as a simulated earthquake strikes ORPS at 9 am.


Odds are, it has been a while since any of us took a Driver ’ s Education Course in our respective home state or province. While we enjoy our winter stay here in ORPS, we are bound by the motor vehicle laws of California and any local jurisdiction, whether it be Cathedral City, the City of Palm Springs or anywhere else we drive, outside “ our walls. ” The purpose of this article is drawing your attention to one very important change in the California Motor Vehicle Code (laws) that took effect on January 1, 2023. There were several changes, but this change directly affects the safety of many ORPS residents who bicycle (outside our walls) and all of us while driving a vehicle. Regretfully, this important change barely made the news. Since 2014, motorists in the Golden Bear State must allow at least three feet (one meter) of space when passing someone on a bike. I would hope that we are all aware and practice this existing safe and respectful driving law. Effective January 1, 2023, motorists must also change lanes when overtaking cyclists. Here is an example; you have departed ORPS, and you are heading East on Ramon towards the interstate or a fun evening at the Casino. Since Ramon is two lanes wide, if you are in the right lane approaching (overtaking) a cyclist, you cannot remain in the right lane. You must, when and however practical, move over to the left lane; thereby leaving the right lane empty. The aim of this change in the law is to minimize “ conflict points and the risk of near misses or crashes. In 2020, there were 129 cyclist fatalities in California, with a further 925 riders sustaining serious injuries as a result of a road traffic collision. Please begin to adhere to this one recent change, to avoid a stiff fine or worse, an easily avoidable and preventable collision with a bicyclist. Submitted by Jeff Buchman

The ERT, organized under the Safety and Security Committee, consists of over 30 volunteers. The Team is divided into two groups, Rescue and Medical. There are nurses and firefighters, cops and corporate safety experts on the teams. At Friday ’ s event, Command and Control will be established at La Palma, and Rescue crews will scour the resort for victims. Emergency Medical will set up their treatment stations, and begin to treat incoming patients. Radio and Cell communications will be tested as well. An “ After - Action ” meeting will reveal what went well, and what could be improved in our responses. A special THANK YOU to the over 30 volunteers who make this event happen!

Gatehouse Direct - 760 - 770 - 0065 Remember - IF YOU SEE SOMETHING - SAY SOMETHING

Dan Hannah, Safety & Security Chair



MARCH 2023

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