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Emergency Procedures

In the event of an emergency, please call 911 and then the Department of Public Safety at 310.506.4441. Residents should also contact the resident advisor immediately. Public Safety will dispatch an officer to your location, coordinate with any outside emergency services, and escort them to your location on campus. The following is a list of other emergency procedures.

Bomb Threat
Every bomb threat is treated as a serious threat. Upon notification, evacuate the building and follow instructions as for fire, below.

Brush Fire
In the event of brush fires in the Malibu area the University has detailed procedures designed to assist members of the entire University community. Residential Emergency Response Team members will distribute specific information throughout the Malibu campus.

Building Fire
If you observe smoke or a fire in a building, follow these steps: Immediately call 911 and then notify the Department of Public Safety at 310.506.4441, giving the exact location of the fire. Press the emergency door and/or pull the wall alarm and then evacuate the building as quickly as possible. If time permits, close the doors and windows as you exit. Stand well away from the structure and do not attempt to reenter the building until a University official indicates that it is safe to return. Students must evacuate immediately when a fire alarm sounds or a directive is given by a University official. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.

If the fire has just started and is small, the fire fighting protection equipment in each building may be used. The glass casing can be broken easily with a shoe, permitting access to a chemical extinguisher and a water fire hose. If using the fire hose, be sure to fully extend it and hold firmly before turning on the water. Water must never be used on electrical fires, as severe electrical shock may occur. To operate a fire extinguisher: pull the pin, aim the nozzle, squeeze the trigger, and sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire. Never allow the fire to burn between you and your emergency exit.

In the event of an earthquake, stand well away from the windows and doors and position yourself under a desk, bed, or something of sturdy construction. If the quake has been severe enough to cause structural damage, evacuate the building once the shaking stops and following instructions as for fire, above.

Emergency Information Webpage
During an emergency, the latest updates and decisions of the University's Emergency Operations Committee, including class cancellations, campus closures, and any instructions to the University community, are posted and updated regularly at emergency.pepperdine.edu. The site also lists disaster awareness information and instructions regarding how the University community should respond in various emergency situations.

Emergency Notification System
Everbridge is the University's mass notification system. The system allows the University to send voice, text, and email messages to University faculty, staff, and student cell, office, and home phones. The system is used only during emergencies and for testing. The system is dependent on the personal contact information provided by each individual in the WaveNet portal. Instructions for updating your information are available at emergency.peppperdine.edu/emergency-communication

In the case of any campus maintenance-related emergencies, such as power outages, gas leaks, chemical exposures, etc., immediately call the Department of Public Safety at 310.506.4441.

Report medical emergencies immediately to 911 and then the Department of Public Safety at 310.506.4441.

LiveSafe Mobile Application
LiveSafe is a campus safety smartphone application that makes it easier as a community to connect with Public Safety and look out for each other. The app is free and available to all members of our community: students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, family members, and friends. The app has several features including:

  1. Submitting tips: When you submit a tip, you can attach a photo, video clip, or audio clip, with the option to report anonymously. In emergency or non-emergency situations, you can chat with Public Safety in real time within the app.
  2. SafeMap: If you are in an unfamiliar location, SafeMap can help you get your bearings and learn more about the resources near your location.
  3. SafeRide: Use the SafeRide feature to request a medical or security escort on the Malibu campus or a ride back to the Malibu campus from any location in the Los Angeles area.
  4. SafeWalk: The SafeWalk feature allows you to provide a virtual security escort for friends and loved ones to make sure they reach their destination safely.
  5. Emergency Preparedness Information: You can also immediately access critical information resources and emergency procedures anytime, anywhere.

All of the app's features function internationally, allowing the app to match Pepperdine's global footprint. For more information please visit: http://emergency.pepperdine.edu/livesafe.