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Malibu Prepares for 2023 Wildfire Season with National Preparedness Month Events in September


Malibu Prepares for 2023 Wildfire Season with National Preparedness Month Events Throughout September

In anticipation of Southern California’s peak wildfire season this fall, the City of Malibu is getting ready and helping residents be more prepared for wildfires and other disasters with National Preparedness Month events throughout September. 

“When it comes to wildfire, everyone in Malibu knows it is not a question of whether there will be another fire, but when it will next occur,” said Mayor Bruce Silverstein. “As we approach the time of year when the fire danger is at its greatest, I encourage everyone in Malibu to join the City’s National Preparedness Month events and work on improving our collective wildfire and disaster preparedness.” 

Throughout September, the City will host weekly webinars with expert speakers from County agencies and outside organizations to offer valuable guidance and answer questions on the types of hazards that Malibu faces, and how to prepare for those hazards. 

All of Malibu’s National Preparedness Month event schedules, signups, and other information are posted on the City website at:


Every Thursday at 5:00 PM starting on September 7. No sign-up required.
Each week, the City will send a test message to one of Malibu’s Zonehaven Evacuation Zones. The Zonehaven zones correspond largely with the City’s Evacuation Zones 11-14, and replace those zones as the City and County’s official evacuation zones for Malibu. They will be adhered to by LA County agencies and cities in the County, including Malibu, and will be referred to in alerts and public messaging during a disaster. Look up your Evacuation Zone at:

The test messages will be sent using the Everbridge Disaster Notification system, which the City has been using for several years for the most serious emergencies that threaten lives and properties, and evacuations. The Everbridge System is uploaded with nearly every landline and cell phone number attached to a Malibu address. However, residents and businesses can create a profile at to enter a street address and additional phone numbers, which helps improve the system’s effectiveness. If you do not receive the test message on the day designated for your Zone or would like help updating your Everbridge contact information, contact the Public Safety Office at


  • Thursday, September 7, 5:00 PM – Zonehaven Zone MAL-C111
  • Thursday, September 14, 5:00 PM – Zonehaven Zone MAL-C112
  • Thursday, September 21, 5:00 PM – Zonehaven Zone MAL-C113
  • Thursday, September 28, 5:00 PM – Zonehaven Zone MAL-C114



Throughout September, the City will host free webinars each week with speakers from the City, as well as County agencies and outside organizations 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 webinar will be posted in the Preparedness Month webpage at:


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. The Zoom link will be posted at:


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. The Zoom link will be posted at:


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. The Zoom link will be posted at:


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. The Zoom link will be posted at:


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. The Zoom link will be posted at:

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

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