National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Public Safety Office 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. 

2022 Preparedness Month Events

Everbridge community test message - Thursdays, at 5:00 pm, no sign-up required

The City will send a test message by zone number on Thursdays at 5 pm during September using the Everbridge Disaster Notification system which the City has been using for several years. Residents do not have to register to participate or take any special action prior to the system test. Malibu landline numbers are automatically entered into the system. 

  • Thursday, September 8 at 5 pm – Zone 11
  • Thursday, September 15 at 5 pm – Zone 12
  • Thursday, September 22 at 5 pm – Zone 13
  • Thursday, September 29 at 5 pm – Zone 14

If you do not receive the test message or would like to update your Everbridge contact information visit the online Everbridge portal or contact the Public Safety Office at

Understanding Fire Weather - Thursday, September 8 at 3:00 PM Senior Center & Tuesday, September 20 at 4:00 PM Multipurpose room

Understanding fire weather is critically important to maintaining situational awareness as Southern California heads into peak fire season. Fire Safety Liaison Gabriel Etcheverry is teaching a free informational class on how to interpret and understand the forecast, where to get credible information, and what actions you should take.

Annual Community Fire Season Briefing – Tuesday, September 13, 6:00 PM Zoom

All residents, employees, business and organization leaders, students, and other Malibu community members are urged to attend the annual Community Fire Season Briefing. LA 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, and questions can be submitted in advance or during the briefing. The meeting video will be made available for the public to view afterward. To register for the Zoom class please visit, or directly for the class here.

Earthquakes and earthquake preparedness - Monday, September 19, 3:30 pm senior center and Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 PM Zoom

Malibu is uniquely situated to be impacted by both local and distant earthquakes, so preparing now could lessen the impacts of earthquakes when they strike. The City will offer a free Earthquake Preparedness and Home Hazards Course to help ensure every home is as safe as possible in an earthquake taught by Fire Safety Liaison Gregory Hisel. Pre-registration is required for the Zoom class please visit, or directly for the class here.

Home Hardening Meets Curb Appeal - Wednesday, September 21, 4:00 PM Multipurpose Room and Thursday, September 28, 6:00 PM Zoom

During a wildfire, thousands of embers can rain down on your home and property like hail during a storm. If these embers land in receptive fuels or become lodged in something easily ignited on or near your house, the home may be in jeopardy of burning. Fire Safety Liaison Bradley Yocum is teaching a free informational class about how to harden the exterior while choosing plants and materials that are visually appealing. Pre-registration is required for the Zoom class please visit, or directly for the class here.

Spanish Language Emergency Preparedness Training – Saturday, September 24, 9 – 11 am, Malibu Labor Exchange

The City is pleased to once again partner with the Malibu Foundation and Malibu Labor Exchange to provide free Spanish language emergency preparedness training as part of the City’s National Preparedness Month activities. Ensuring that non-English speaking people who live or work in Malibu have access to the City’s emergency information and emergency preparedness efforts is an important part of the City’s whole-community approach to emergency planning.

Past Preparedness Month Events

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

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