Malibu stresses individual preparedness

Malibu, California, wants its citizens to be prepared for any type of emergency that may arise.

“We believe that it is every individual person’s responsibility to be as prepared as they possibly can be and to not wait for help to come from somewhere else,” Emergency Services Coordinator Brad Davis said.

The city doesn’t have its own police or fire department, so emergency response requires interfacing with Los Angeles County departments. As a result, the city offers a variety of programs to train citizens in emergency preparedness and strengthen their involvement in the protection of the community.

One way the city does this is through Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.

“We have CERT training that we offer four times a year. We have about 50 CERT team members that are available to help the city, and we have educated about 300 residents in being prepared at home through CERT,” Davis said.

The training equips community members with the necessary skills to respond to disasters when traditional emergency services encounter obstacles such as road blockages or a high number of victims. Residents can also take part in monthly CPR and first aid training classes offered by the city.

A second program that empowers citizens is Volunteers on Patrol, which enables civilian volunteers to assist the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by reporting suspicious activities or dangerous situations.

Malibu provides updates on emergency situations to residents through various forms of media.

The Emergency Alert System notifies all phone numbers throughout the city of any emergency news or updates. Residents also can sign up for email and text alerts, follow the Emergency Services Department on Facebook or Twitter, tune into WPTD (1620 AM), or connect through the website Nixle to stay updated.