Welcome to Pepperdine University’s Emergency Information website. CURRENTLY ALL UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS ARE NORMAL.
This Emergency Information Web site may be accessed via a link on Pepperdine University’s Home Page at anytime. You may wish to save the URL for easy referencing in the event of an emergency impacting Pepperdine University in Malibu, or any of its campuses. During an emergency, information on this site will be updated regularly to keep students, faculty, staff, and family members informed with accurate and current information.
In addition to briefings which are posted during an emergency, this site makes it easy for you to obtain the latest information or road conditions affecting the Malibu campus. In the event of an emergency, the latest information will be posted at the top of this page.
A Red Flag Warning was issued for the Santa Monica Mountains beginning at noon on Friday, December 2, 2016 and continuing through Saturday, Decemeber 3, 2016 at 6:00 PM.
Red Flag warnings identify time periods when conditions are ideal for wildfires: gusty winds, low relative humidity, and low fuel moisture levels. During Red Flag warnings it is especially important to:
Report any signs of smoke immediately to emergency responders. If on the Malibu campus, call Public Safety at (310) 506-4441. At all other locations, report smoke by calling 911.
Smoke only in approved locations. Use caution when disposing of cigarettes and ensure that they are completely extinguished.
Minimize any use of open flame in outdoor settings.
Pepperdine Public Safety is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond to potential wildfires. Additional information regarding Red Flag warnings and Pepperdine’s wildfire response plans is available on the University’s Emergency Information Page, http://emergency.pepperdine.edu, and in the Emergency Preparedness Guide found in WaveNet beginning on page 15.
The County Fire Department is reporting 75% containment of the fire, and confirming that conditions have not worsened. It continues to look like the Malibu campus will not be at risk from this fire. If the situation changes, we will update the community.
Pepperdine officials have been monitoring the wildfire near Calabasas and Topanga since it started Saturday afternoon. At this time, the fire has burned over 500 acres. While currently it is not threatening the Malibu campus, the Pepperdine community should remain alert regarding this fire as conditions can change. University officials are in close contact with the responsible agencies, including Public Safety personnel in direct communication with the incident command. The County Fire Department has devoted significant air and ground resources, and are working to contain the fire. They likely will use Alumni Park for air operations today. Further, it is possible that the Fire Department will move its command post to the Malibu campus later today.
The EOC encourages the community to remain vigilant about this fire through the day. You may check the University’s Emergency Information Page at http://emergency.pepperdine.edu for updates. Also, you may call the University’s Emergency Recorded Message line (888-286-5659) for messages and updates. From off campus you may obtain road condition information by calling Public Safety’s Road Condition hotline at 310-506-ROAD (extension 7623). Members of the Pepperdine community whose homes are affected by the fire or by road closures should follow the directions of their local governmental agencies.