NEXT TRAINING - April 18 - May 30, in-person AT CITY HALL. only one class can be missed.   

As part of its ongoing efforts toward community-wide preparedness, the City of Malibu is offering the next round of the highly popular Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The free in-person classes will be held from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, April 18 through May 30 at Malibu City Hall. All classes will be held on Thursday evenings. Learn how you to get your family, business, school or organization better prepared for wildfires and other disasters. CERT offers training in basic first aid, search and rescue, use of fire extinguisher, disaster psychology and more.

For more information call Emergency Services Coordinator Sarah Flores at 310-456-2489, ext. 237 or email Saflores@MalibuCity.org


Following a major disaster, professional first responders who provide fire and medical services may not be able to fully meet the demand for services. Factors such as communications failures, road blockages, and the number of victims, may prevent people from accessing the emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice when 911 is called. People will need to rely on each other to meet immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from main roads for a period of time.

Email the Public Safety Specialist at PublicSafety@malibucity.org to find out more about the next CERT Class. 

The CERT program was developed in 1985 by the Los Angeles City Fire Department to provide basic training in safety and lifesaving skills to the general public. It has since been adopted and enhanced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Fire Academy. The course is now recognized nationwide, and over 50,000 citizens have been trained to date.

Training Program

CERT classes contain the following modules:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Team Organization
  • Medical Class #1
  • Medical Class #2
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Safety and Utility Controls
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • Course Review and Disaster Simulation Drill

To receive notification of future CERT training or other emergency preparedness classes offered by the City, go to MalibuCity.org/news and subscribe to the Emergency Preparedness Calendar or visit the Public Safety Eventbrite Page to view upcoming events.

Malibu CERT Team


The purpose of Malibu CERT is to assist the City, as needed, with emergency disaster response in Malibu and the surrounding communities, and to promote disaster preparedness to all residents.


At its regular meeting on August 28, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 17-32, which established the CERT Program Guidelines, clarifying the role and responsibilities of Malibu CERT by outlining the requirements to become a member of the team, organizational structure, team responsibilities, ongoing participation requirements, and activation procedures.

CERT Team Membership

CERT Team Members are locals who have graduated from a CERT class and completed the additional team requirements including additional FEMA training and shown dedication and commitment to the Team by meeting or exceeding the hour requirement for the team and registered with the City as a Volunteer Disaster Service Worker. If you are in joining the CERT team contact the Public Safety Office for more information.