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.