The National Fire Weather Service is reporting Santa Ana wind conditions beginning this morning and continuing through 4 a.m. Tuesday morning across the Santa Monica Mountains. In mountain areas, potentially damaging wind gusts of 60-65mph are possible, with 40-50mph gusts occurring along the coast and in the valley. Watch for downed tree limbs and power lines, and use caution if driving a high profile vehicle. Strong winds elevate the fire weather concern, but a Red Flag Warning has not been issued.
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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.
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The National Fire Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Monica Mountains (and other areas) beginning this morning at 4:00 am and going through tomorrow, Wednesday, November 6 at 3:00 pm. Strong surface high pressure building into the great basin tonight will set the stage for a moderate Santa Ana wind event across the area. The strongest Northeast winds will occur across Ventura & Los Angeles counties, with the winds developing across the mountains then filtering down to the coastal and valley areas. The winds will peak in strength this morning then slowly diminish this afternoon as the offshore winds develop. Relative humidity will drop overnight and bottom out in the low teens and single digits on today. Given the combination of gusty winds & low relative humidity, critical fire weather conditions are expected across all coastal areas of Los Angeles County.
Red Flag warnings issued by the National Weather Service identify time periods when conditions are ideal for wildfires. 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.
- 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 14.
While making the necessary repairs, SCE discovered an additional piece of equipment that must be replaced. SCE estimates it will be 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning by the time the equipment is delivered to campus, installed, and the power restored.
Southern California Edison (SCE) will be making an emergency repair to the Tyler Campus Center (TCC) main power system beginning around 8 p.m. to avoid a potential system failure. The Malibu campus will remain open and classes will meet as scheduled.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is maintaining a perimeter around the TCC loading dock, and SCE has asked that the Pepperdine community avoid the area. The repair will require shutting off power to any buildings which are fed by this equipment. These include the following Malibu campus buildings:
19) Tennis Pavilion
SCE expects the repairs to take up to three hours. For the latest news and information on this repair, please visit Pepperdine’s emergency blog at http://emergency.pepperdine.edu.
Pepperdine University is closely monitoring the Camarillo Springs Fire and weather conditions in Southern California. The University’s campuses in Malibu and Westlake Village are not currently threatened by the fire. Pepperdine will continue to remain in close contact with appropriate county and state agencies to ensure the safety of our campus community.
For the latest information regarding road closures, please call: 310-506-ROAD (7623).
At this time, Pepperdine’s Malibu and Westlake Village campuses are not threatened by the Camarillo Springs Fire. However, we continue to monitor the situation closely, as today is another Red Flag warning day with weather conditions favorable to wild land fire activity.
Pepperdine’s plans to address the risk of wild land fires are well-practiced by experienced staff who have managed brushfire situations in the past. The University’s Emergency Operations Committee is on standby and has been closely monitoring the Camarillo Springs Fire and has staff resources present at the fire department’s incident command post. These precautions are routine and precautionary. Pepperdine enjoys a close and trusted relationship with the fire department and receives the latest accurate information from fire officials in order to make the best decisions to protect our community. Further, Pepperdine has resources on campus to shelter-in-place community members if a brushfire threatens the Malibu campus. Further detail about this practice can be found at: http://emergency.pepperdine.edu/shelter-in-place/.
The University’s plans call for early announcements to our community and guests to alert them of necessary precautions to take in the event the campus is threatened.
Multiple agencies are fighting a large brush fire in Ventura County, near the Camarillo grade between Camarillo and Newbury Park. The fire is moving toward Newbury Park south of the 101 Freeway. Evacuations are in effect. Many University employees live in this area of the Conejo Valley, and some of their homes could become affected. If impacted employees need to attend to their families or homes, they should feel free to do so while coordinating with their supervisors. The EOC is monitoring the situation, and we have DPS presence at the fire command post. There is no threat to the Malibu or Westlake Village campuses at this time, however the fire is not under control and strong winds are spreading the fire rapidly.
We want to make the Pepperdine community aware of an ongoing Department of Public Safety investigation regarding Payson Library. The investigation relates to suspicious internet usage and acts of vandalism, which are ambiguous in meaning, but could possibly be interpreted as threatening. Public Safety is thoroughly investigating the matter in conjunction with law enforcement. While we have no reason to believe any danger exists, we are taking extraordinary precautions. If you have questions, you may contact the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506-4700. Please remember to always report suspicious activity immediately by calling 911 or the Department of Public Safety at Extension 4441.
The National Fire Weather Service has reported periods of offshore gusts up to 45mph in the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, including the Santa Monica range, between midnight last night through Friday morning. Humidities at the peak of this wind event are expected to be in the 14 to 20 percent range overall. Periods of critical fire weather conditions are expected during this period, but durations are not expected to be sufficient for red flag warnings.