RED FLAG WARNING FOR much of LA & VENTURA COUNTIES, INCLUDING MALIBU WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16,
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM. STRONG WINDS CONTINUE INTO THURSDAY MORNING. BE PREPARED FOR POTENTIAL FIRE, EVACUATIONS, POWER & TRAFFIC SIGNAL OUTAGES.
UPDATE - The National Weather Services’ Red Flag warning for much of LA and Ventura Counties, including Malibu, continues through 7:00 PM tonight, November 16, and 30-45 mph winds and 5-15% humidity are expected through late evening, with some wind into Thursday morning.
On Friday light winds are expected, increasing in the afternoon to 15-30 mph, with very low humidity of 8-15%. On Friday evening through Saturday evening another moderate to potentially strong Santa Ana wind event is expected. Although winds will be 5-10 mph weaker, humidity and fuel conditions will be the same or worse, with a potential for a Red Flag Warning.
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Be prepared for potential fires, evacuations, and power and traffic signal outages.
Los Angeles County Fire Department will have augmented staffing in place for Malibu and surrounding areas. The City is coordinating on preparedness with the LA County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments, Caltrans and LA County Public Works.
The Public Safety Team is coordinating with the Sheriff’s Host Team and Malibu Homeless Outreach Team to engage with people experiencing homelessness in Malibu about fire prevention and being prepared for potential evacuations.The Public Works Team will be patrolling the roads monitoring for road hazards, debris, and downed power lines. The City and Malibu Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers are coordinating to be prepared to use radio repeaters and handheld radios to communicate in case of widespread power and communications outage.
Community members should be prepared for potential fires, evacuations, power and traffic signal outages, downed tree limbs and powerlines, and hazardous driving conditions. Drive with caution, especially on canyon roads. Under California law, always approach an intersection with a malfunctioning traffic signal as if it were an all-way stop sign. For power outage preparedness information, visit https://ready.lacounty.gov/power-outage.
People with access and functional needs, or seniors with limited mobility, and those who rely on wheelchairs or other mobility devices, or medical devices, should consider leaving the area early to ensure they are able to safely and quickly evacuate. People who own horses or other large animals that require trailers should consider leaving the area early.
Know your zone! Look up your official LA County evacuation zone (for the Malibu area, they are the same as the evacuation zones 11-14 that the City and its public safety agency partners established) - https://community.zonehaven.com/. Plan your evacuation routes and reunification locations.
Review the LA County preparedness guide at https://ready.lacounty.gov or the City's Emergency Survival Guide, customized for Malibu at www.MalibuCity.org/survivalguide.
Monitor emergency and weather updates on local AM and FM radio (which will work with handcrank, solar, battery-powered and car radios if the power is out) and follow the National Weather Service LA/Oxnard at https://www.weather.gov/lox/. The City will send out emergency alerts as needed and post all emergency information on the website www.malibucity.org. All current City alerts are posted at www.MalibuCity.org/alerts. Sign up for alerts at www.MalibuCity.org/news (scroll down to “Alert Center.”). Sign up for LA County emergency alerts at: https://lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la/. In case of evacuations, the City will use the Everbridge Disaster Notification System. Most cell and landline phone numbers in Malibu are already entered in the system, but residents and businesses can create a profile at www.MalibuCity.org/DisasterNotifications to change or add additional contact information.