Malibu's 2018 Earthquake Resiliency Initiative

The goal of Malibu's Earthquake Resiliency Initiative is to increase the community’s resiliency, or ability to respond and recover, to a large earthquake, which will lead to reduced casualties and damage, and a shorter recovery period.

The City of Malibu’s Earthquake Resiliency Initiative will include creating an inventory of soft-story buildings and identifying incentives for property owners to improve the seismic safety of these as well as other vulnerable structures. Soft-story buildings have first stories that are less rigid than the stories above and are particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage because of large, unreinforced openings on their ground floors. These openings often accommodate parking spaces, large windows and expansive lobbies in residential and retail buildings. In the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the bottom floor of the Northridge Meadows apartment complex – which was a soft-story building – collapsed, killing 16 residents on the first floor.

Throughout the year, the City will also conduct public education, work to reduce non-structural earthquake hazards, update emergency plans, conduct Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, and identify vulnerabilities in critical City functions and develop continuity of government strategies.

Preparedness Guides and Resources

  1. General
  2. Pets
  3. Business Owners
  4. Disabled and Senior Citizens

Earthquake preparedness workshop & free emergency kits for participants over 50

Wednesday, June 27, 2:30 PM at City Hall 
Learn about the earthquake threat in Malibu, what to expect from the City and first responders, and how best to prepare. Participants age 55 and older who bring an ID will receive a free comprehensive emergency kit in a wheeled travel backpack. The kits contain emergency food and water, a first aid kit, a hand-crank powered radio with built-in flashlight and cell phone charger and the Red Guide to Recovery – a Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors. The workshop and emergency kits are part of the City’s ongoing efforts to increase public safety and disaster preparedness in the community, and are part of the City’s 2018 Earthquake Resiliency Initiative. To register, call Lisa Crespo at 310-456-2489 ext. 279 or email For more information, call Public Safety Manager Susan Dueñas at 310-456-2489 ext. 313 or email


The City's Public Safety Town Hall Meeting on January 24, 2018 provided information on the earthquake threat specific to Malibu and how to be prepared for a major earthquake. View the full presentation by Public Safety Manager Susan Dueñas and City Geologist Chris Dean in the video below or download and read a PDF version.


Dr. Lucy Jones, one of the world’s foremost experts on earthquakes, gave a presentation on earthquake risk and preparedness specific to Malibu to help kick off the City’s year-long Earthquake Resiliency Initiative during the Malibu City Council meeting on January 10, 2018.