The Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (LVMCOG) is in the process of updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the cities of Malibu, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and Westlake Village. 

“The Malibu community is very focused on disaster preparedness, and this survey is a great opportunity for Malibu residents to make sure that their community’s unique needs and concerns are reflected in the Hazard Mitigation Plan,” Mayor Rick Mullen said.

Public involvement is a key requirement for this effort and the LVMCOG is asking the community to give their input on the plan through a Risk Survey and a community meeting. The data gathered will be used to help local officials better plan for disasters as well as communicate with citizens and educate residents on mitigation steps to reduce the risk of loss.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires state, tribal, and local governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. Jurisdictions must update their hazard mitigation plans and re-submit them for FEMA approval every five years. Through Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs, FEMA offers planning grants that support governments in developing and updating mitigation plans as well as grants to implement hazard mitigation projects.

The online Risk Survey provides a platform for residents to voice their opinions about their disaster preparedness needs and concerns. The survey is available at www.MalibuCity.org/RiskSurvey.

The LVMCOG is holding a community meeting on Wednesday, August 22 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Calabasas Founder’s Hall, located at 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. The purpose of the meeting is to obtain additional input and feedback from the public on ways to mitigate the impact of natural disasters and other hazards on the local community. During the meeting, the results of the Risk Survey will be shared and used as a basis for discussion to review the top hazards that concern residents, what mitigation actions they have taken and, most importantly, what additional mitigation efforts are needed to better safeguard the community.  

Submitted by Matt Myerhoff