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Posted on: August 22, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 2023 National Preparedness Month Speaker Series Webinars



As part of the City of Malibu’s National Preparedness Month and wildfire season preparedness, the City will host a series of weekly webinars throughout September with expert speakers from City, County and outside agencies to offer valuable guidance and answer questions on the types of hazards that Malibu faces, and how to prepare for those hazards. The Zoom link for each event will be posted on the Preparedness Month webpage. For more information about all of the City's Preparedness Month events, visit the webpage.

Annual Community Fire Season Briefing

Tuesday, September 5, 6:00 PM, virtual 
LA County Fire Department Assistant Chief Drew Smith
All residents, employees, business and organization leaders, students, and other Malibu community members are invited to attend the annual Community Fire Season Briefing. Los Angeles County Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Drew Smith, a Fire Behavior Analyst, will give a presentation on local Live Fuel Moisture, expected weather patterns, and what that means for fire conditions in Malibu. The meeting can be viewed live or later on-demand. Video of the meeting will be made available for the public to view after the event. 


Firewise/Firesafe Communities, Understanding Fire Weather Metrics, Home Wildfire Hardening Meets Curb Appeal 

Thursday, September 7, 6:00 PM, virtual
City Fire Safety Liaisons
City Fire Safety Liaisons Bradley Yocum, Gabriel Etcheverry and Jerry Vandermeulen will discuss some of the most important ways that community members can be prepared and resilient for wildfires. Participants will learn how to join or start community-based Firewise and Firesafe groups that enable neighbors to help each other, share resources, fund neighborhood brush clearance, make neighborhood-based evacuation plans and more. Understanding Fire Weather Metrics will teach you how to understand and track local fire weather conditions such as wind, humidity and fuel moisture. Home Wildfire Hardening will demonstrate how homeowners can protect their home and property from the millions of burning embers that are a leading cause of homes burning down in wildfires with plants and materials that are both fire resistant and beautiful. 


Earthquake Threat in SoCal: Are you Prepared?

Thursday, September 14, 6:00 PM, virtual
SoCal ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Regional Coordinator Margaret Vinci from California Institute of Technology (CalTech) will discuss the threat of earthquakes in Southern California, and what you residents, businesses schools and other organizations can do to be prepared and resilient when a major earthquake strikes. Learn how to prepare earthquake emergency plans and supplies for yourself, or for a household or an organization. 


Tsunami Alerts & Warnings 

Wednesday, September 20, 6:00 PM, virtual
Department of Conservation Tsunami Unit and California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) 
Engineering Geologist Nick Graehl from Department of Conservation Tsunami Unit and Senior Emergency Services Coordinator/Tsunami Planning Coordinator Matthew Palmer from Cal OES will discuss Malibu’s vulnerability to Tsunamis, how community members can sign up for and understand Tsunami warnings and alerts, how to prepare and what to do if a Tsunami strikes. 


Active Shooter Response Readiness

Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 PM, virtual
LA County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Soderlund
Tragically, there were more than two mass shooting incidents per day somewhere in the United State in 2020, 2021 and 2022, every and they can occur at workplaces, schools, houses of worship or large events. Learn how you can be prepared to keep yourself and others safe during a shooting incident. 


For more information about any of the City’s National Preparedness Month events or for assistance with preparedness, please contact the City’s Public Safety Office at 310-456-2489 or email or visit