National Preparedness Month 2023

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Public Safety Department will host a variety of free events to encourage the public to get prepared for disasters.  

Following each event, links to video, if available, as well as any presentations offered, will be listed below for future viewing and reference. 


disaster Notification tests

Everbridge Disaster Notification System Test Message - Thursdays at 5:00 PM. no sign-up required

The City will send a weekly test message 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. Each week, the City will send a test message to one of Malibu’s Evacuation Zones. Look up your Evacuation Zone. Most landlines and cell phone numbers with Malibu addresses are automatically entered into the system. 

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

If you do not receive the test message, contact the Public Safety Department at If you would like to update your Everbridge contact information, visit the online Everbridge portal and create a profile. For assistance, contact the Public Safety Office at

National Preparedness month speaker series 2023


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, presented on local Live Fuel Moisture, expected weather patterns, and what that means for fire conditions in Malibu. Recorded Presentation


City Fire Safety Liaisons Bradley Yocum, Gabriel Etcheverry and Jerry Vandermeulen discussed some of the most important ways that community members can be prepared and resilient for wildfires. 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.  Recorded Presentation

Earthquake threat in socal: Are you prepared? 

SoCal ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Regional Coordinator Margaret Vinci from California Institute of Technology (CalTech) discussed the threat of earthquakes in Southern California, and what 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.  Zoom Link

tsunami alerts & warnings 

Engineering Geologist Nick Graehl from Department of Conservation Tsunami Unit and Senior Emergency Services Coordinator/ Tsunami Planning Coordinator Matthew Palmer from Cal OES discussed 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.  Recorded Presentation

active shooter response readiness 

Tragically, there were more than two mass shooting incidents per day somewhere in the United States in 2020, 2021 and 2022, 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. Recorded Presentation

Past Preparedness Month Events

Watch videos or view presentations from past Preparedness Month events (presenters listed in parentheses):


  • Everbridge Notification System Test
  • Annual Community Fire Season Briefing (LA County Fire, Assistant Fire Chief Drew Smith) - Presentation / Video
  • Earthquake Preparedness (Emergency Services Coordinator, Sarah Kaplan) - Presentation /  Video
  • Home Hardening Meets Curb Appeal (Fire Safety Liaison, Bradley Yocum) - Presentation / Video
  • Spanish Language Emergency Preparedness Training (Malibu Foundation and Malibu Labor Exchange)
  • Malibu Foundation Emergency Preparedness for Seniors (Malibu Foundation)

September 2021

  • PSPS Training for Seniors and Older Adults (City Staff) - Presentation
  • Everbridge Notification System Test
  • Home Wildfire Hardening Seminar (City Staff) - Offered twice Video (Meeting 1) or Video (Meeting 2)
  • Spanish Language Emergency Preparedness Training (City Staff, Malibu Labor Exchange, Malibu Foundation, and Pepperdine University)
  • Firescaping Workshop (Los Angeles County Water Works District 29 and West Basin Municipal Water District)
  • Annual Fire Season Briefing (LA County Fire) - Video
  • Public Safety Expo