FIRE PREPAREDNESS: city of malibu to Hold Series of Public Safety Town Hall Meetings
The meeting will be the first in a series of regularly scheduled town hall meetings to discuss public safety-related issues. Future topics may include earthquakes, terrorist or active shooter incidents, storms, and flooding.
The record-setting rainfall this past winter has caused heavy growth of vegetation in the mountains and natural areas in and around Malibu. As summer progresses and the vegetation dries out, it can create large amounts of potential fuel for wildfires.
The meeting on June 29 will feature speakers from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, and Animal Care and Control, as well as the American Red Cross, and Malibu’s Public Safety Manager Susan Dueñas.
“Wildfires are a real threat to people and property in Malibu,” said Mayor Skylar Peak. “Preparation for wildfires is critical to the public safety of the Malibu community.”
The Fire Department will discuss what they expect from the coming fire season based on this winter’s heavy rain and vegetation growth. The meeting will also offer information on how residents should make or update their family emergency preparedness plans, including having “go bags” prepared with clothing, cash, medication, and other essentials.
The meeting will cover what people should expect from the process of conducting evacuations and what steps they can do to prepare. It will address questions about when and how residents will be able to return to their properties, how Sheriff’s Deputies will ensure neighborhoods remain secure during evacuations, and what residents need to do with their pets and large animals, such as horses, during an evacuation.
Information will be given on how residents can ensure that their properties have proper brush clearance to give firefighters “defensible spaces.” Hear what the City of Malibu and other government agencies are doing to be prepared.
The meeting takes place at 7:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room at City Hall. All are welcome to attend, no RSVPs are required. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, contact Public Safety Manager Susan Dueñas at 310-456-2489 ext. 313 or SDuenas@malibucity.org