2018 Operation Recovery - 2

An overflow crowd sits outside the walls of the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue during the first Operation Recovery meeting.

 Operation Recovery

Offering Woolsey Fire Victims and the Malibu Community Resources and Information They Need to Rebuild Fire Safe Homes in a Fire Safe Community

General Information


On May 10, 2019, the City and Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2019 State of the City

View Malibu's State of the City video here.


The City hired Jerry Vandermeulen as its new Fire Safety Liaison. Jerry will be working on wildfire preparedness and protection programs, and is available to assist residents with their fire safety concerns. Jerry can be reached at 310-456-2489 ext. 387 or JVandermeulen@MalibuCity.org. Jerry has 35 years of fire service experience with the Kern County and Ventura County Fire Departments. For the past seven years, Jerry worked as a Battalion Chief with the Ventura County Fire Department in the Conejo Valley, as well as in El Rio and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County, including Malibu.

Recovery Programs Upcoming and On Going

City of Malibu &Fire Department Rebuilding Consultations

City Hall - Tuesdays & Thursdays 8AM – 12

The Fire Rebuild Counter is open every day to assist residents with any questions related to rebuilding their homes, cleaning up their property, placing temporary structures, and more. An L.A. County Fire Department official is stationed at City Hall every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM to offer specific guidance on Fire Department requirements for rebuilding. The City has hired additional professional contract staff to support the Planning, Public Works and Building Safety Department rebuilding activities.

May 29

Malibu City Hall. 6-8PM

Rainwater and Greywater Workshop Malibu Smart Conservation Program

Offers Residents Tools to Design Fire Safe Landscapes &Conserve Water While Rebuilding or Maintaining a Beautiful Landscape

The West Basin Municipal Water District. Is offering a new program to provide the resources to combine water-efficiency and technology to more effectively conserve water while helping to protect the significant investments that homeowners have made to their property.” At the May 29 Workshop, participants will learn how to safely and legally use cisterns and rain barrels to capture rainwater and re-use greywater from washing machines for outdoor irrigation. For more information and to sign up for the workshop, visit http://www.westbasin.org/greywater. For more information about the Malibu Smart program, visit www.malibusmart.org.

June 1

Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission Town Hall Meeting 9:30 AM City Hall

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission will hold a Town Hall meeting and give their feedback to the Oversight Commission and the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station about their experience with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s response to the Woolsey Fire, homelessness, and other public safety issues in the community.

The event will also feature a Resource Fair with information about community services from numerous County Departments, including: the Department of Mental Health, District Attorney’s Office - Bureau of Victim, Services, Public Health - Community Health Services, Office of Emergency Management, Civilian Oversight Commission, Sheriff’s Department - Community Law Enforcement Partnership Program, Community Outreach, Sheriff’s Department - Homeless Outreach, Sheriff’s Department - Mental Evaluation Teams, and the Sheriff’s Department - Disaster Services Unit. For further questions or to share feedback, contact the Civilian Oversight Commission at cocnotify@coc.lacounty.gov or 213-253-5678.

June 2

Rebuilding is difficult. Construction is hard. Is prefab a good option? 2-4PM

Losing a home is a traumatic event is very challenging. Unfortunately, the construction process, whether site building or going prefab, can also be challenging! There are potential advantages to going prefab construction, but there are pros and cons to be weighed. Malibu Public Library 2pm-4pm. RSVP: tughela@connect-homes.com


June 15

City Offers Disaster Prep & Resources Event 10-3

Safety and preparedness presentations and vendor booths will include the Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments, the miniature therapy horses that work with the Sheriff’s Department, the American Red Cross, the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Café, KBUU 99.1 FM, fire prevention and emergency preparedness equipment and service vendors. There will also be wild land fire preparedness presentations. This fun, free event will also be a great opportunity to teach kids about emergency preparedness. Classes, schedules, speakers and vendors will be at www.MalibuCity.org/SafetyExpo and on the City’s social media accounts.  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Trancas Country Market


Operation Recovery is an independent, all-volunteer community project sponsored by the Malibu Dolphin Charitable Foundation. We welcome the participation of other like-minded groups and individuals to help us meet the needs of Malibu residents affected by the Woolsey fire. For information call Karen York, 310-456-5507 ext. 117

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