Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness in Westlake Village

In response to the potential of floods, fires, storms, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, the City has created an emergency preparedness program encompassing a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan, along with a highly organized, all-volunteer Disaster Response Team. Under the City’s plan, the City Manager serves as the emergency operations director responsible for the implementation of the State Emergency Management System Multi-Hazard Function Plan within the organization. Activities include training staff and volunteers in preparation of a disaster, and coordinating responses with other public safety contract agencies such as the Los Angeles County Sheriff, the Lost Hills Station, the L.A. County Fire Department, etc.

Emergency Notifications

Residents are encouraged to sign up for the City’s emergency notifications through Blackboard Connect -CTY. In the case of an emergency or large scale incident, residents who sign up will receive timely messages via email, cell phone, home phone, or text message. This system is controlled by the City and is the City’s primary mass notification system to send shelter-in-place instructions, evacuation, and other emergency messages.

To sign up click on the image below.

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’Alert la’ county notifications

Alert LA County is a mass notification system for Los Angeles County residents and businesses. The Sheriff’s Department uses Alert LA County to contact you if there is an emergency or disaster in your community. Residents are encouraged to sign up for Alert LA IN ADDITION TO the City’s Blackboard Connect-CTY system described above. 

To sign up click on the image below.

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Having an emergency kit, or "Go Bag" is a critical part of being prepared. When a disaster strikes, it may be difficult to remember all the things you could potentially need to make it through the incident. 

Visit the following link to learn what you should pack in yours: READY.GOV/BUILD-A-KIT

Emergency Survival Guide

This guide will help you to better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters that face Los Angeles County. Our goal is to provide tips that assist you to be self-sufficient after a disaster. In addition to this Guide, we recommend that you increase your awareness of emergency situations and the skills you need to prepare your family, neighbors and your community.

County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide

The Guide can also be found in additional languages or in an audio version by clicking HERE.

Ready! Set! go! program

Preparation and prevention go hand-in-hand. This Ready! Set! Go! brochure was designed by the County of Los Angeles to provide you with critical information on creating defensible space around your home, retrofitting your home with fire-resistant materials, and preparing you to safely evacuate well ahead of a wildfire. Please protect yourself, your family, and your property from a devastating wildfire by taking the time to learn about Ready! Set! Go!

To download a copy of the Ready! Set! Go! brochure, click HERE.

Hazard Mitigation Plan

The cities within the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (LVMCOG) experience similar hazards and have combined their efforts in order to produce a more thorough Hazard Mitigation Plan. Combining efforts, identifying common threats, and establishing regional mitigation strategies was a collaborative task that allowed mutual participation and more effective use of resources. 

This Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan meets the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. By preparing the plan, the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments and the City of Westlake Village are eligible for federal mitigation funding after disasters and to apply for mitigation grants before disasters strike. 

Complete Plan

FEMA Approval Letter

Emergency Preparedness

Download a Copy of the City’s Emergency Preparedness Plan for Residents

Additional Resources

United States Department of Homeland Security Ready Site

California Emergency Management Agency

FEMA - National Flood Insurance Program

LA County Fire Safety Preparedness

Red Cross Prepare

Download a Storm Season Guide for Preparedness from Los Angeles County.