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Posted on: July 8, 2019

Recent Earthquakes are a Strong Reminder to Be Prepared for Disasters

Earthquake Preparedness

be prepared 

While last week’s powerful earthquakes near Ridgecrest, CA did not impact Malibu, they were felt by many Malibu residents and are a reminder of the importance of being prepared for disasters. Be sure to check the contents of your disaster supply kits and replace any expired food, water, batteries, or medications and add any necessary supplies for new family members, such as children, pets, or older relatives. The Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Guide is an excellent resource offering lots of valuable, practical information on what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Read it, download it or print it out

how to get information about an earthquake

If you feel shaking, the fastest way to find information is to Google search “USGS earthquake report” and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) information about recent earthquake locations and magnitudes will appear at the top. For more detailed information, go directly to the USGS website. We recommend tuning in to KNX 1070 AM or KBUU 99.1 FM radio for news reports on the quake severity or damages. 

sign up for alerts 

In the event of an earthquake that threatens lives, homes or infrastructure in Malibu, the City will issue emergency alerts using the website emergency alert system and the disaster notification system.
Sign up for emergency alerts (Used for low-level emergencies. Scroll down to Alert Center)
Sign up for the City’s disaster notification system. (Used for major emergencies and evacuations)

Sign up for preparedness training

As part of ongoing efforts to enhance community-wide disaster preparedness, the City is offering a course on Disaster Preparedness for Seniors on Thursday, July 25, 1:30 PM and Thursday, Aug. 1, 3:30 PM at City Hall. Learn how to prepare for wildfires, earthquakes or other disasters, with special emphasis on the needs of older adults and people with mobility issues or disabilities. Participants aged 55 or older who complete the class will receive a free emergency preparedness kit. Register online or for more information, email sberger@malibucity.org or call 310-456-2489 x368.

Sign up now for the next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course that starts on Thursday, September 6, 6:00 PM (seven evening classes). CERT is a highly acclaimed program  administered by the City of Malibu that empowers citizens to help during disasters. Through hands-on training, participants learn the most up-to-date information in basic disaster preparedness, the use of a fire extinguisher, disaster medical care, first aid, search and rescue techniques, disaster psychology and neighborhood team building. CERT volunteers are a crucial part of the City’s ability to prepare and respond to disasters. The training is free and participants must complete all seven classes to receive a certificate. Register online or for more information, email sberger@malibucity.org or call 310-456-2489 x368.

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