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Red Flag Warning – November 26-27, 2020

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The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning beginning Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm through Friday, November 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, due to Santa Ana winds and low humidity.

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.
  • Consider taking down umbrellas and moving patio furniture inside.

During Red Flag conditions, Southern California Edison (SCE) may issue a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), a preemptive deenergization of electrical circuits in an attempt to prevent power lines from starting a potential wildfire. This may result in the loss of power for a Pepperdine campus. While SCE has promised to advise the community in advance, and University officials are in regular communication with SCE representatives, the community should nevertheless be prepared for the possibility of a PSPS. Further details on a PSPS and how you can prepare are available here

The Department of Public Safety is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond to potential wildfires.

Limited Stay at Home Order Issued Beginning November 21

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Following an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases across California, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced yesterday a Limited Stay at Home Order will go into effect tomorrow, November 21. The order will be effective in counties under Tier One (Purple) of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which currently includes Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and will prohibit all nonessential activities outside a person’s residence from 10 PM to 5 AM each day through at least December 21. Los Angeles County public health officials indicated they will update the county’s Health Officer Order to address this order from the state.

While this order does not directly impact current campus operations, the University encourages faculty, staff, and students to continue limiting their interactions with others and follow all safety guidelines issued by local and national health agencies. For any questions pertaining to this order’s impact on University operations, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at covid19info@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.8111. 

Red Flag Warning – October 25-27, 2020

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The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning beginning last night Sunday, October 25, 2020, through 6 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2020, for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, due to strong northeast winds and relatively low humidity. Gusts of 35-50 are predicted in Malibu.

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.
  • Consider taking down umbrellas and moving patio furniture inside.

During Red Flag conditions, Southern California Edison (SCE) may issue a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), a preemptive deenergization of electrical circuits in an attempt to prevent power lines from starting a potential wildfire. This may result in the loss of power for a Pepperdine campus. While SCE has promised to advise the community in advance, and University officials are in regular communication with SCE representatives, the community should nevertheless be prepared for the possibility of a PSPS. Further details on a PSPS and how you can prepare are available here

The Department of Public Safety is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond to potential wildfires.

Power Outage Advisory: Rolling Blackout Notice for Malibu and Calabasas Campuses

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Pepperdine has learned the Malibu and Calabasas campuses are on a list of locations that may experience rolling blackouts this week due to excess demand in the wake of the heat wave. Rolling blackouts are short power outages to reduce strain on the electrical grid. While we have asked our electrical provider, Southern California Edison, to give as much advance notice as possible for these potential outages, we may not receive any warning. Rolling blackouts typically last from a few minutes up to about an hour or more for each location. 

While power outages may occur at any time due to a variety of causes, with courses currently online and participation dependent on power and internet connections, we are providing this information to allow you to prepare for a potential interruption to classes. Professors and students may arrange, class by class, a protocol by which they will operate in the event of an outage. However, if no individual plan has been made, the University’s standard is to attempt to reconnect for up to 15 minutes after the start of a power outage. If you cannot reconnect after 15 minutes:

  • Professors unable to teach a course because of a power outage should consider the class meeting canceled and contact affected students when feasible to explain the situation.
  • Students unable to reconnect to attend a course because of a power outage should contact their professor when feasible to explain the situation. This would be considered an excused absence due to the power outage.  

If University campuses are impacted, updates will be posted on Pepperdine’s Emergency Information Page. Contact the University’s Emergency Services at 310.506.4442 or emergencyservices@pepperdine.edu with any questions.