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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.
Pepperdine’s Toll Free Emergency Hotline: (888) 286-5659.
The recorded message is updated regularly during emergency situations.
Information about current road conditions is also available on the Road Condition Hotline at (310) 506-ROAD (7623).
To report an emergency on the Malibu campus and at all other domestic University campuses, call 911. Then please call the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506-4441.
If you have any questions, please call the Office of Public Relations and News at (310) 506-4138.
Due to inclement weather, intermittent power outages, and intermittent road closures, Pepperdine officials have cancelled classes and closed the Malibu and Calabasas campuses at 3:30 PM on Friday, February 17, 2017 for the remainder of the day. All other campuses remain open and classes are to be held as scheduled.
Malibu and Calabasas campus staff are also released except for Critical Support Personnel. Staff departing campus should coordinate with their supervisors.
Currently the following routes to campus are impacted:
- Malibu Canyon has been closed intermittently as the county clears debris
As conditions change, updates will be available on the University’s Road conditions hotline (310) 506-ROAD (7623) and the University’s Emergency Information Page, http://emergency.pepperdine.edu.
The University Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) is monitoring weather, facility conditions, and road related activity as a result of the expected rain tonight and tomorrow. Pursuant to established protocol, the EOC will assess weather and road conditions as this storm moves through southern California. We encourage individuals traveling to Pepperdine campuses in southern California to check the University’s Road Conditions Hotline, (310) 506-ROAD (7623), regarding road closures.
We want to keep the Malibu campus community informed. Since last week, there have been several additional unconfirmed mountain lion sightings at locations including Seaver Academic Complex, Towers, the School of Law, and near Thornton Administrative Center.
We continue to work closely with staff from the National Parks Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to assess the situation. To date, neither organization characterizes any of the mountain lion’s behavior as aggressive, therefore they indicate there is no threat to the safety of the University community. The University is continuing to follow this matter, and you should still remain alert and cautious.
We invite you to attend an informational session on mountain lions, their habitat and behaviors, and best practices for safety. Rebecca Barboza, a Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist, will present and be available for a question and answer period. University administration and public safety officials will also be available to comment.
This session will be held for Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2pm in the Fireside Room.
- Do not hike, bike, or jog alone, especially from dusk until dawn when mountain lions are most active.
- Remember Public Safety security escorts are available on the Malibu campus 24/7 by calling Public Safety Dispatch at (310) 506-4442.
- If you see a mountain lion on or near the Malibu campus, please report the incident to the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506-4441.
- If safe to do so, please take a picture and/or video and send it to Public Safety via the LiveSafe app.
As a reminder, if you encounter a mountain lion:
- Respect the animal.
- Maintain eye contact and move away slowly.
- Do NOT run. Running will trigger the mountain lion’s instinct to chase you.
- Appear as large, loud, and powerful as possible.
- If there are small children or pets present, pick them up immediately. Additionally do NOT leave them unattended outside.
- Do not approach the mountain lion, leave space for the cat to escape.
- In the unlikely event of an attack, fight back. Do not fall to the ground or roll into the fetal position.