Emergency Preparedness

The Public Safety Department is responsible for emergency preparedness and coordinates the City's response to disasters, such as fires, floods, earthquakes, and storms.

Under the City Manager's direction, the Public Safety Department is responsible for maintenance and implementation of the City's Emergency Operations Plan, which includes:

  • Training of City staff and community volunteers
  • Equipping and managing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Overseeing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Managing the City's emergency notification systems


The Malibu Disaster Council was convened in June 2019 to review evacuation and repopulation procedures in the City’s 2018 Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and make a recommendation to the City Council for improvements to these procedures. The Disaster Council consists of the Mayor, City Manager and Department heads and is responsible for reviewing emergency plans and procedures and making recommendations to the City Council. In February, the City Council adopted the updated 2018 Emergency Operations Plan after it was approved by the state and directed staff to recommend improvements to the evacuation and repopulation sections of the plan. Once approved by the City Council, the improvements will be incorporated in the EOP. 


Las Virgenes-Malibu council of governemnts hazard mitigation plan draft update

Hazard Mitigation Plans are typically developed as a regional plan since most hazards cross jurisdictional boundaries. The Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (LVMCOG) includes the cities of Malibu, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and Westlake Village. Malibu community members are invited to review the draft update of the regional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2023.


SAFETY and preparedness fair

The Malibu Public Safety Department and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) host an annual Safety and Preparedness Fair, which is free and open to the public. The event offers residents the opportunity to learn how to prepare themselves, their families, their homes, and their neighborhoods for wildfires, earthquakes, and other disasters. The event features classes, expert speakers, demonstrations, and emergency supplies vendor booths. 

Watch the video below for highlights from the 2018 event. 

Disaster notification system 

All landline phone numbers in the City of Malibu are automatically entered into the City's Disaster Notification System (Everbridge®). This service is contracted by the City to allow immediate mass distribution of critical information and instructions in case of large-scale disasters, such as earthquakes, wildfires, major road closures, evacuations, or other catastrophic incidents. Residents and businesses may also register additional cellphone numbers (for voice and/or text messages), home or work phones, or email addresses to receive time-sensitive emergency messages on multiple devices, no matter where you are. Sign up now! The system is separate from the City's traffic and emergency alerts, which are used for lane closures and low-level emergencies. 


Family Emergency Plan

Fill out this Family Emergency Plan and Template with your personal information and keep it handy for the next disaster or emergency situation. (Prepared by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Catastrophic Earthquake Team)