National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Public Safety Office is hosting several free events to encourage the public to get prepared for disasters. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all training classes, seminars, and briefings will be held online through video conferencing. All residents will be able to RSVP for any event on

Links to video of each event, if available, as well as any presentations offered, will be added below following the event. 


2020 Preparedness Month events

Tuesday, September 1, 6:00 PM

American Red Cross will present how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting its shelter operation plans and what to expect from a shelter if evacuations occur and a shelter is opened. American Red Cross operates shelter during disasters, evacuations and other extreme situations. 

View the presentation.

Thursday, September 3, 6:00 PM

This seminar, moderated by Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chief Drew Smith and Malibu Fire Safety Liaison Jerry Vandermeulen, will discuss the City’s new Evacuations Zones, part of the City's Mass Evacuation Plan adopted by the City Council  on February 24, 2020, following a recommendation from the Malibu Disaster Council. The Mass Evacuation Plan, an update to the City’s Emergency Operations Plan, was created by the working group convened after the 2018 Woolsey Fire to improve communication, coordination and response on wildfire evacuations in Malibu.

Thursday, September 3, 4:00 PM 

The City will conduct a citywide test of its Disaster Notification System, which is only used in the event of large-scale emergencies that threat lives and property, or require evacuations. The City acquired a database with all cell phone accounts with a 90265 address, so that subscriptions are not necessary. If you do not receive a test message, contact the Public Safety Office so your contact information can be checked.

Thursday, September 10, 6:00 PM

This class will cover how residents can create their own disaster plans and emergency supply kits or improve existing ones.Guidance will be provided on how to ensure your kit has everything needed for the entire family, including seniors, people with disabilities, access and functional needs, children, and pets.

View the presentation.

Earthquake Preparedness & Home Hazards

The City will offer an Earthquake Preparedness and Home Hazards course to help ensure every home is as safe as possible in an earthquake. Malibu is uniquely situated to be impacted by both local and distant earthquakes, so preparing now could lessen the impacts of earthquakes when they strike.

View the presentation.

Community Fire Season Briefing

The Community Fire Season Briefing will provide information about the current outlook for the upcoming peak fire season. Los Angeles County Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Drew Smith, a Fire Behavior Analyst, will provide information on local fuel moisture, expected weather patterns, and what that means for Malibu.

Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM

Fire Safety Liaison Jerry Vandermeulen, will teach residents about the dangers of embers that can rain down on a home and property during a wildfire, like hail during a storm. If these embers land in receptive fuels or become lodged in something easily ignited on or near a house, the home may be in jeopardy of burning. This area is commonly referred to as the Home Ignition Zone. By being ember-aware and acting ahead of time, a homeowner can substantially reduce the ember threat.

Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS)
Monday, September 28, 6:00 PM and
Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 PM

The City will host a Southern California Edison presentation about Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). The presentations will provide residents with updated information about what to expect in the event of a PSPS and how best to prepare.