Pepperdine Emergency Preparedness Brochure

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EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS REPORTING AN EMERGENCY At all domestic University campuses, call 911. Then call the Department of Public Safety at 310.506.4441.

UNIVERSITY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS Everbridge is the University’s emergency mass notification system, which allows Pepperdine to send text messages, emails, and voice messages to faculty, staff, and student cell, office, and home phones. The system is used only during emergencies and for testing, and is dependent on the personal contact information provided by each individual in the WaveNet portal.



Preparedness Resources

The University’s Emergency Information Page,, functions as a blog during emergencies, with the latest updates and decisions posted by the University’s Emergency Operations Committee. These updates could include class cancellations, campus closures, and any instructions to the University community.




EMERGENCY HOTLINE NUMBER: 888.286.5659 During an emergency, the hotline number is updated with the latest information and decisions of the University’s Emergency Operations Committee. INTERNATIONAL SOS (ISOS)

The Emergency Preparedness Guide is designed to assist you in responding to emergencies that may impact you while attending classes, working, or residing at one of the University’s campuses in Southern California. You are encouraged to read the document and refer to it as needed. The guide is available by logging into WaveNet at, and provides further detail about the topics covered in this brochure.

Pepperdine partners with ISOS, an emergency medical and security services provider, to deliver assistance services to University students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad. Travelers are required to register their travel with ISOS’s travel tracker, which assists the University in responding to emergencies overseas. Learn more: international-travel



Digital signage at Pepperdine is used to post emergency alerts and preparedness messages.

Pepperdine has many resources available regarding emergency preparedness and wants to educate faculty, staff, and students on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies. This brochure provides a high-level overview of several specific situations and points to additional resources for further details.


Public Safety Business Office: 310.506.4700

Malibu road conditions, call: 310.506.ROAD (7623)

To leave anonymous crime tips, call: 310.506.7634


Seaver College: 310.506.4280

Graziadio Business School: 310.568.5689

Create a personal disaster plan. Such a plan allows an individual or group to react quickly, calmly, and with an understanding of each member’s responsibilities in a potentially chaotic situation.

Graduate School of Education and Psychology: 310.568.5615

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Caruso School of Law: 310.506.4621

School of Public Policy: 310.506.7490


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Be prepared in all situations

REPORTING A THREAT It is critically important that members of our community report perceived and potential threats in a timely manner. It is better to err on the side of notifying the appropriate individuals than to remain silent. The University has resources with which to assess these situations and the individual of concern. If you believe an individual poses an imminent threat to himself or herself, or a member(s) of the University community, please step up and call the Department of Public Safety at 310.506.4441.

Road Closures Due to the limited number of routes in and out of Malibu, road closures have an impact on traffic in the area.

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Familiarize yourself with the five major routes to the Malibu Campus listed below:

Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon accessible from the 101 freeway

Kanan Road accessible from the 101 freeway

Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) north of the Malibu Campus

PCH south of the Malibu Campus

Topanga Canyon to PCH south of the Malibu Campus

Routes to the Malibu campus are shown at:



Southern California residents should understand the best practices for surviving an earthquake. If indoors, stay there. Get under a desk or table, or stand in a corner or doorway that does not have doors on it (do not go in a doorway with doors; they can swing back and forth violently). Protect your head, neck, and face. If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls, and power lines.

Wildfires or brush fires are uncontrolled, non-structure fires that occur in the wilderness, wildland, or brush. Common causes of wildfires are lightning, improperly discarded cigarettes, and arson. Due to dry conditions, Southern California is particularly vulnerable to wildfires. Learn more:

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Pepperdine’s Southern California campuses are shown at:

SHOTS FIRED AND SAFE PASSAGE VIDEOS Created by the Center for Personal Protection and Safety and available in WaveNet at, the Shots Fired video provides best practices and tips on how to survive an active shooter situation, and the Safe Passage video provides helpful information for best practices and tips on how to prepare for a trip abroad and safe travel.

SHELTER-IN-PLACE The University shelters in place during wildfires affecting its Malibu campus because there are limited routes to and from the campus. These roads may be closed, congested, and/or dangerous, as wildfires can spread quickly and change unpredictably. Pepperdine has prepared multiple staging locations with emergency supplies on the Malibu campus so the University community can relocate to a safe location on the premises and remain there until authorities deem it safe to return to normal operations. Learn more: emergency.pepperdine. edu/shelter-in-place

LIVESAFE - SMARTPHONE APP The LiveSafe smartphone app allows users to connect with emergency responders at the touch of a button: call 911, call and/or text Public Safety, or learn more about the University’s emergency procedures and campus policies under the Resources tab. The app also includes SafeWalk, a person-to-person virtual security escort. Learn more: