Victorville is located at the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert, 81 miles (130 km) northeast of Los Angeles, 34 miles (55 km) south of Barstow, 48 miles (77 km) east of Palmdale, and 37 miles (60 km) north of San Bernardino through the Cajon Pass on Interstate 15. Victorville is the location of offices of the “Mojave Desert Branch” of the San Bernardino County government.
Originally named Victor after Jacob Nash Victor, a construction superintendent for the California Southern Railroad (Santa Fe Railroad), Victorville is located at the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert. Population and area: approximately 116,000 residents over 74.2 square miles. High poverty rates with 19.2% of residents who fall below the poverty line.
Major hazards: Extreme weather temperatures, fires, flooding, and earthquakes.
Citizens can participate in C.E.R.T (Citizens Emergency Response Team). Members of CERT are trained to provide assistance in major disasters, especially those where first responders (fire department, paramedics, police, etc.) are unable to respond.