Latest Event Updates

Red Flag Warning – December 7-8, 2020

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A Red Flag Warning will be in effect for most of Southern California beginning on Monday December 7, 2020 at 4:00 AM through Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 10:00pm. 40-55 mph wind gusts are expected for our area with low humidity and warming temperatures through Tuesday. 

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.

Pepperdine Monitoring Power Conditions in the Region

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As the Los Angeles area continues to be under a Red Flag Warning, Southern California Edison (SCE) has initiated a number of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in the region, preemptively de-energizing electrical circuits in an attempt to prevent power lines from starting a potential wildfire. University officials have been monitoring the situation closely and remain in regular contact with SCE representatives. Pepperdine University campuses are not currently impacted by any active or expected PSPS, but are not exempt from this possibility. 

As these conditions continue, employees working remotely who may be impacted by a PSPS should contact their supervisor to modify work if needed, and contact Human Resources to ensure hours are recorded appropriately. Because of COVID-19 guidelines, only essential employees may go to a Pepperdine campus to complete essential work. 

You may want to consider, especially if you are a student living on campus, keeping a flashlight on hand, fully charging all personal electronic devices in preparation for outages, and keeping refrigerators in the closed position throughout the duration of an outage to avoid spoilage. If University campuses are impacted, updates will be posted on Pepperdine’s Emergency Information Page. Contact the University’s Emergency Services through the information line at 310.506.8111 with any questions.

Red Flag Warning – December 2-5, 2020

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The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning Los Angeles and Ventura Counties beginning 6 PM Wednesday, December 2, 2020 through 10 PM Saturday, December 5, 2020 with the potential to extend through Tuesday. Forecasters are predicting very low humidity between 5-10% with Santa Ana winds of 40-55 MPH near Pepperdine’s Malibu and Calabasas campuses.

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.

COVID-19 Community Update – November 30, 2020

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Pepperdine Community Case Update

In accordance with NCAA, conference, and state testing protocols, all basketball players and coaches receive regular surveillance testing. Yesterday, two members of the women’s basketball team and staff tested positive for COVID-19 using an antigen test, which prompted the cancellation of yesterday’s game against UCLA. As an additional precaution, both were isolated. However, because neither individual had tested positive during the University’s regular testing protocol, which uses more accurate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, the University suspected the antigen tests may have yielded false positives. Both individuals were tested again on Sunday using PCR tests and those results arrived this morning showing both individuals were negative for COVID-19.

As Pepperdine continues with remote operations for faculty, staff, and students, the University will continue to provide potential exposure notifications to impacted community members and update the Pepperdine COVID-19 dashboard as cases are reported within the community. 

Los Angeles County Safer At Home Order

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Los Angeles County, effective today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Temporary Targeted Safer At Home Order, which remains in effect for the next three weeks. The order contains several new restrictions applicable to members of the Pepperdine community residing on campus and in the county, including the following: 

  • Prohibiting all public and private gatherings and events with people from more than one household except for outdoor faith-based services and outdoor protests
  • Closing shared public playgrounds, pools serving more than one household, and non-residential hot tubs
  • Closing restaurants for on-site dining, either indoor or outdoor 
  • Encouraging all persons who can work remotely to continue to do so as much as possible during the pandemic

California COVID-19 Updates

In a briefing today, California governor Gavin Newsom announced the state is closely monitoring the recent acceleration of COVID-19 cases and their corresponding impact on hospitalizations and intensive care unit occupancy. To ensure the state does not run out of hospital capacity, the governor indicated counties currently categorized as Tier 1 (Purple) in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, including Los Angeles and Orange counties, may be put under stay-at-home orders if hospital capacity continues to shrink.   

As always, the University encourages all students, faculty, and staff to stay informed and follow the guidance and direction of local authorities. The latest information is available on the University’s COVID-19 website and Emergency Information Page. If you have questions, please contact Pepperdine’s COVID-19 Information Line at 310.506.8111 or via email at covid19info@pepperdine.edu.