Malibu’s Disaster Notification Test is a Failure and Topanga Takes the Lead in Public Safety

There is no question that since Emergency Services coodinator Brad Davis left his post (after being forced to go on medical by City manager Reva Feldman) in late 2016, residents has felt increasingly unsafe.

Malibu, known for being a disaster prone community, heavily relied on Davis’s timely emergency and traffic alerts, his unparalleled experience and dedication to protecting the community.

Over the last year, locals have come to the sobering realization that not only do we no longer have the services we so desperately need and our tax dollars pay for,  now with the failure of the Everbridge Emergency Mass Notification System, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting any safer in Malibu if the City has anything to do with it.

Mounting frustration hit an all time high throughout the community after the City failed to replace Davis for more than six months with no second in command. Residents decided it was time to take Public Safety into their own hands by posting up to the minute traffic and safety alerts on personal  pages and newly formed Emergency/Disaster information groups as well as other online platforms.

Locals have continued to diligently perform the monumental task of making sure timely alerts are circulated with information from verified news, weather and law enforcement agencies – a job City officials are paid handsomely to perform – and are failing miserably at.

So, in an effort to  create a smokescreen (pun intended) by leading the community to think the City actually got their Public Safety act together, City Manager Reva Feldman went on a full scale press tour to announce the “test” of this system on all the major news stations.

The next morning, after most residents who signed up anticipating results did not get them (only a few who signed up actually received notifications), Feldman still continued the facade of allowing the press to think the test was a success, when in fact the majority of residents were not only frustrated, they were furious.

This now leaves residents on their own to create and facilitate an emergency alert system they can rely on, until the City can figure out how to do a job that was so expertly executed by former Emergency Coordinator Brad Davis until Feldman stepped in as City Manager.

Topanga tested their Disaster Notification System and it was a “success” and in a REAL SUCCESS. Now residents can sleep at night knowing they have a system that WORKS.

Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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