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 Public Relations Office at (818) 702-1401.
The Malibu campus is open and operating, and classes will be held today as regularly scheduled. Road closures at Malibu Canyon Road and Topanga Canyon Road will remain in place until Los Angeles County Public Works and CalTrans can ensure the stability of the hillsides. An estimated time to reopen is currently unknown. All other major access routes to the Malibu campus are open. Drivers are urged to use caution and good judgment as rocks, mud, and debris may be encountered on roadways leading to campus.
The University will continue to monitor road conditions, and changes will be shared on the Road Conditions Hotline at 310.506.ROAD. Community members are advised to regularly check the hotline before traveling to campus, especially during inclement weather conditions.
Malibu Canyon Road is closed in both directions between Civic Center Way and Piuma Road due to a rock slide that occurred yesterday evening. An estimated time to reopen is currently unknown. Topanga Canyon Road is closed between Grand View Drive and Pacific Coast Highway due to a mudslide. All other major access routes to the Malibu campus are open.
The Malibu campus is open and operating, and classes will be held today as regularly scheduled. Drivers are urged to make personal safety their first priority, using caution and good judgment when considering travel along the roads leading to campus as fog, rocks, mud, and debris may be encountered. At this time the least vulnerable route to campus is Pacific Coast Highway from the south.
The University will continue to monitor road conditions, and any critical changes will be shared on the Road Conditions Hotline at 310.506.ROAD. Community members are advised to regularly check the hotline before traveling to campus, especially during inclement weather conditions.
Since the Woolsey Fire, University officials have continued to closely monitor campus conditions, especially in areas prone to increased debris flow due to the burn. Over the last several months, the University has implemented multiple proactive slope stabilization and erosion control measures in partnership with our civil and geotechnical engineers and with Los Angeles County civil and flood control engineers.
Community members should note that while the City of Malibu will begin implementing mandatory evacuations for specific properties in certain areas of Malibu tomorrow morning, Pepperdine’s Malibu campus is not currently under evacuation and anticipates normal operations will take place tomorrow, January 15, 2019. Community members who reside in evacuation areas are encouraged to follow the directives of local agencies; Los Angeles County information can be found here: http://www.lacounty.gov/larain/.
During rain events, Pacific Coast Highway from the south is likely to be the least impacted route to campus. Major access routes to campus are open at this time, including Malibu Canyon Road and Kanan Dume Road, but conditions remain fluid, and drivers are urged to use good judgment when considering whether to travel along these canyon roads due to the possibility of falling rocks and debris flow.
At this time, the University continues to monitor the hillsides impacted by the fires and will continue to communicate regularly with all students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus closure or other departures from normal campus operations. Urgent or critical information will be delivered via Everbridge, the University’s emergency alert system, and the latest information is available on the University’s Emergency Information Page. Community members are also encouraged to call the University’s Road Conditions Hotline at 310.506.ROAD for up-to-date information on road closures in the Malibu area.