Campus Alert

At this time the university is not in any danger. We will continue to post the most current information here as it becomes available. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check back or call the Emergency Information Hotline at (800) 884-9747 for updates.

12/7, 7pm Message:

Dear USD Campus Community:

We are providing you with an update on our preparedness efforts related to the wildfires in Southern California and Northern Mexico. For context: (Click here to see the map.) The map shows that the Lilac wildfire in north San Diego County (marked in red) is some 40 miles away from the USD campus, as is the fire in Mexico, and neither is moving in a direction that threatens USD (circled in blue).

For your convenience, visit Cal Fire Public Affairs to follow the latest wildfire developments.

We have a full team of public safety professionals monitoring the situation in coordination with the City of San Diego Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security. USD Public Safety has increased its patrols along the canyon adjacent to our campus, and this monitoring will continue throughout the night.

We will post periodic updates on our website and continue to provide you with appropriate updates as the situation develops.

Chief James Miyashiro
Public Safety

12/6 Message:

Dear USD Campus Community:

As many of you know, devastating wildfires have severely impacted residents in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. While these wildfires pose no direct threat to our USD campus, we remain vigilant and are monitoring conditions on a regular basis.

There currently is a red flag fire warning in effect for much of San Diego County prompted by gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity levels.  A red flag warning is the highest alert issued by the National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies about the possible onset of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. 

This is a good time for our campus community to examine personal preparedness plans and re-unification plans if your families should become impacted by a fire in the greater San Diego region.

If you need assistance in developing a personal preparedness plan, visit the following crisis resource links through the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services:

The red flag warning in San Diego County is expected to expire on Friday, and the high-wind warning is expected to expire Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. However, Santa Ana winds could persist into Friday or Saturday, which could extend the warnings. We will keep you posted if conditions dramatically change.   

Chief James Miyashiro
Assistant Vice President, Public Safety

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