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El Niño Preparedness and Campus Hillsides

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According to the most recent reports of weather experts and emergency preparedness agencies, El Niño conditions continuing through this winter remain a probability. This El Niño is predicted by some to be one of the strongest on record. Due to the probability of disruptive weather over the coming months, Pepperdine University has been implementing a comprehensive El Niño preparedness plan.  These preparations include, among other things, inspection and maintenance of drainage systems, coordination among emergency responders, preparation for sandbag deployment, and an evaluation of areas on campus that may be most affected by substantial rainfall, including our hillsides.

To that end, a material called Flexterra has been applied to some of the slopes throughout campus to help control erosion. This high performance, flexible growth medium bonds directly to the soil and helps a mixture of native seeds establish and grow. Flexterra is considered one of the most sustainable and effective ways of minimizing soil loss and runoff, and because it is hydraulically applied, it has no nets or threads to endanger wildlife.  It is also safe for animals and humans, biodegradable, and non-toxic.  The initial bright green color will last about two weeks before fading into a more neutral green and brown. The material has been applied on the slopes across from the TAC and the Seaver Main lot, at the School of Law, and at the Drescher Campus Student Residential Complex.

Should you have any questions, please call our Insurance & Risk Office at (310) 506-4410.

Tsunami Advisory Issued for the California Coast

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A Tsunami Advisory has been issued for coastal areas of California, extending from San Onofre State Beach in the south to Ragged Point in the north. Between now and mid-morning tomorrow, beach areas may be affected by rough waters and strong currents. Please avoid the beach, harbors, marinas, and other waterfront areas. Though waves and currents are expected to be stronger than usual, land inundation is not expected. Please check the National Weather Service page for updates: http://forecast.weather.gov.

Tsunami Advisory

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COASTAL AREAS BETWEEN AND INCLUDING SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACHCALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 45 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO RAGGEDPOINT CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 50 MILES NW OF SAN LUISOBISPO/

738 PM PDT WED SEP 16 2015

…THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL   AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH CALIFORNIA   /WHICH IS LOCATED 45 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO RAGGED POINT   CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 50 MILES NW OF SAN LUIS   OBISPO/…

IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN THIS COASTAL AREA… MOVE OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.

TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR THE WATER IS EXPECTED OR IS ALREADY OCCURRING.  AREAS IN THE ADVISORY SHOULD NOT EXPECT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION.  TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF WAVES DANGEROUS MANY HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL TIME.  THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.

AT 355 PM PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME ON SEPTEMBER 16 AN EARTHQUAKE WITH PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE 8.3 OCCURRED OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE.

ESTIMATED TSUNAMI START TIMES FOR SELECTED SITES ARE…

NEWPORT BEACH                CALIFORNIA          446 AM.  PDT. SEPTEMBER 17.

LOS ANGELES HARBOR       CALIFORNIA          447 AM.  PDT. SEPTEMBER 17.

SANTA BARBARA                  CALIFORNIA          506 AM.  PDT. SEPTEMBER 17.

PORT SAN LUIS                    CALIFORNIA          510 AM.  PDT. SEPTEMBER 17.

THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE HTTP://NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Classes Cancelled at Encino Campus Today

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Classes are canceled at Pepperdine University’s Encino campus for the remainder of the day and evening, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, due to a investigation of a suspicious package in the parking structure. LAPD and other appropriate resources are on scene and investigating at this time. For questions related to this information please contact the GSBM or GSEP program offices.

Worldwide Travel Alert

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As you enjoy the holiday season with loved ones, please remain vigilant with respect to your personal safety and awareness of your surroundings.  The State Department recently issued a Worldwide Travel Alert that is in effect for the next three months.  The alert cautions all U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad to remain watchful for potentially dangerous situations, because terrorists continue to target locations frequented by U.S. citizens, including government facilities, hotels, shopping areas, places of worship, and schools.  If you witness unusual or suspicious activity or behavior, please contact the local authorities immediately.

We join the State Department in urging all international travelers to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), as this will allow the State Department to send you up-to-the-minute information about potential concerns or threats in your vicinity while abroad.  The alert, copied below, also lists informational websites and social media pages that may provide helpful information specific to your location.

As always, our Department of Public Safety stands ready to assist you in the event of an emergency.  Our officers are available 24/7 at: (310)506-4441.

We wish you a safe and joyous holiday!

 

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-travel-alert.html

WORLDWIDE TRAVEL ALERT

Last Updated: December 19, 2014

The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia on December 15, 2014, resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that U.S. citizens should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security.  This Travel Alert expires on March 19, 2015.

An analysis of past attacks and threat reporting strongly suggests a focus by terrorists not only on the targeting of U.S. government facilities but also on hotels, shopping areas, places of worship, and schools, among other targets, during or coinciding with this holiday period. ­U.S. citizens abroad should be mindful that terrorist groups and those inspired by them can pose unpredictable threats in public venues.  U.S. citizens should remain alert to local conditions and for signs of danger.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling abroad enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Up-to-date information on travel and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

For additional information, U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State’s Country Specific Information pages. You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, Travel.State.Gov, which also contains current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook