National Preparedness Month: “Preparing for Fire”

A vegetation fire was confirmed on August 30, around 11:30 a.m. at Serra Road and Sweetwater Mesa in Malibu. Cameras at Helispot 69 Bravo captured images of smoke at the outbreak of what is called the Sweetwater Fire. It was contained after burning an estimated 40 acres. The cause is under investigation. Photo provided by Simon T, from 69 Bravo cameras

Third Fire in a Month!

The City of Malibu will host “Preparing for Fire: Malibu Residents Share Their Experiences” on Wednesday, September 11, from 6-8 p.m., at Malibu City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu CA 90265).  

This panel discussion welcomes residents and others who were not directly impacted by the Woolsey Fire, to learn from the many residents who were. This is another opportunity for Topanga residents to hone their preparedness plans.

The goal of the presentation is to underscore the importance of home hardening and creating a defensible space; understanding the true gravity and nature of stay-and-defend actions; and feeling empowered to make an educated an informed decision even if that means early evacuation.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Gaining and maintaining situational awareness
  • Observations on the effects of home hardening and ember control
  • Observations on the effectiveness of defensible space
  • Evacuation preparation
  • Personal preparation
  • Neighborhood preparation and cohesion
  • Conditions before and after the fire front passes
  • What to expect during recovery

National Preparedness Month activities are listed at

For more information or to RSVP, call Fire Safety Liaison Jerry Vandermeulen at (310) 456-2489, ext. 387;


Malibu has weekly activities planned for the month. As of September 4, they have already covered an Eastern Malibu test of the Disaster Notification System for Malibu-area cell phone accounts; and a Public Safety Commission presentation on SCE’s Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS). A seven-week CERT training began on September 5 (Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. at Malibu City Hall).

Other weekly themes are “Preparing for a Winter Storm;” A second Disaster notification system test for Central Malibu; “Preparing for Fire,” Sept. 11; and a demonstration of the City’s new emergency points of distribution and information stations.

For more National Preparedness Month activities that continue through September 29:


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