Emergency Preparedness

The Public Safety Office 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 Manager 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

PSPS Training for Seniors and At-risk Adults

The City will provide free virtual training for seniors 55 years and older and at-risk adults about how to prepare for and respond to Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). A free backup battery is available to participating City of Malibu residents, who complete the training, a quiz, and provide a copy of their photo ID (limit one per household, while supplies last). The training is open to all, but the backup battery is available only to Malibu residents. View the presentation. Residents can RSVP for the ongoing free virtual training on MalibuSafety.Eventbrite.com. The next training will occur on November 9 at 3:00 PM, prior registration is required. 


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. 


Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018

The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan was the result of an extensive effort in all five cities within the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (LVMCOG)* to address similar hazards and combine their efforts to produce a more thorough Hazard Mitigation Plan. The LVMCOG also provides a point of coordination and collaboration between its member cities, as well as other cities and public agencies. 

The 2018 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan meets the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. By preparing this plan, LVMCOG is eligible for federal mitigation funds after disasters and to apply for mitigation grants before a disaster strikes. 

View the full Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

* The LVMCOG is comprised of the Cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, and Westlake Village.

PUBLIC SAFETY and emergency preparedness expo

The Malibu Office of Public Safety and the Public Safety Commission sponsor an annual Malibu Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Expo, 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 Public Safety Expo. 

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)