Brush Fires

  • To report a brush fire, at the Malibu campus and at all other domestic University campuses, call 911. Then call the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506- 4441.
  • Give your name and the location of the fire. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.
  • If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a safe nearby building.
  • If you are indoors, close all windows and doors; open all curtains and blinds. Relocate all combustibles away from windows. If time permits, back up important files from your computer hard drive to a disk that you can take with you. Turn off and unplug all electrical equipment.
  • If the fire is large, you may be instructed at the Malibu campus to proceed to a designated relocation area (typically Tyler Campus Center). At the relocation area, report to your RA or your Residential Emergency Response Team (RERT) member.
  • Because of road closures, traffic congestion, and the possibility that the fire may outrun you, it is normally not advisable to leave the Malibu campus during a brush fire. This is referred to as “sheltering-in-place.” For more information on “sheltering-in-place” please see the Shelter-in-Place page which includes a video explaining the practice and how we do so at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus.
  • If instructed to relocate, do not return to the vacated location until instructed to do so by Public Safety or public agency personnel.