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Scott Steepleton, Editor
2:43 pm PDT October 1, 2020

The city of Malibu is using the Woolsey Fire anniversary to stress the importance of being ready for fire through a community emergency preparedness competition.

Nearly 500 homes were destroyed when the fire ripped through Malibu two years ago November. As part of its commitment to ensuring there isn’t a repeat of the fateful blaze, Nov. 9 is designated as the city’s annual Day of Preparedness.

To recognize those who’ve already taken steps to be better prepared for wildfire, city officials are asking residents to submit photos or videos for the Best Prepared in 2020 competition.

For this “friendly” event, participants are asked to submit up to five photos or a video no longer than 30 seconds showing how well the participant is prepared for emergencies.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel consisting of Mayor Mikke Pierson, Malibu CERT Team leader Richard Garvey and Public Safety Commission Chair Chris Frost.

Production value won’t win Malibu’s Best Prepared award; rather the judges will be assessing submissions for examples of “emergency plans, emergency supplies and kits, fire extinguishers, solar phone chargers, a certificate of completion of a CERT or first aid course, or anything that demonstrates preparedness,” according to the announcement.

Deadline for submissions, which should be emailed to publicsafety@malibucity.org, is Oct. 23.

Everyone who takes part will receive a certificate of recognition, and the person named Best Prepared will receive a commendation by the Malibu City Council during the virtual meeting on Nov. 9, which will also include a slide show of all of the submissions.

In addition, the meeting will feature a video highlighting “the progress that has been made in rebuilding Malibu homes destroyed in the Woolsey Fire.”

Competition information will be posted and updated at www.MalibuCity.org/Woolsey2Year.

For more information, contact Sarah Kaplan, public safety specialist, at 310-456-2489, ext. 368 or email publicsafety@malibucity.org