*PLNU Alert!* Begin campus evacuation drill. Evacuate to designated areas. More information on campus evacuation plans and earthquake readiness can be found at http://emergency.pointloma.edu.
During the drill, we ask that you evacuate your building as quickly and safely as possible. Each area has an assigned Emergency Response Coordinator and a back-up that will be assisting with the evacuation process. Please familiarize yourself with campus evacuation areas (view map).
This drill is being held in conjunction with the statewide Great California ShakeOut earthquake exercise. Remember, in the event of an earthquake, “Drop! Cover! and Hold On!”.
If you are interested in putting together an emergency kit for your office or home there are many websites that can help, including www.moreprepared.com and www.redcrossstore.org.
The campus lockdown drill–begun at 10:30am–is now complete. All students, staff, and faculty should have had an opportunity to review the “run, hide, fight” steps. For those who did not, you are encouraged to watch the following video and/or review the campus handout.
*PLNU Alert!* Power has been restored to Main Campus. ITS is in the process of restoring campus network and phone service. Classes will convene and employees should report to work as scheduled tomorrow. Strong winds are expected through the night, however, so continue to exercise caution while outdoors. No further updates.
*PLNU Alert!* High winds across campus have resulted in falling trees and branches. PLNU recommends those on campus shelter in place away from windows and use extreme caution when outside. A local power outage has also resulted in a loss of power to all campus buildings with no estimate for service restoration. CampFurther updates to follow.
The report of an active shooter situation at the US Navy Medical Center in Balboa Park from earlier this morning was unfounded. PLNU officials monitored the situation and no PLNU campus was ever in danger. No further updates.
The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for coastal waters due to the recent heavy rainfall:
Swimmers, surfers and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in oceans and bays, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.
Urban runoff many contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources, including animal waste, soil and decomposing vegetation.
Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided in all coastal waters for 72 hours following rain. This includes all coastal beaches and all of Mission Bay and San Diego Bay.
The National Weather Service has issued a tsunami advisory for coastal areas from San Clemente to San Luis Obispo. San Diego is NOT among the areas expected to be affected.
"837 PM PDT WED SEP 16 2015
...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTALAREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH CALIFORNIA/WHICH IS LOCATED 45 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO RAGGED POINT
CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 50 MILES NW OF SAN LUIS
OBISPO/..."IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN THIS COASTAL AREA... MOVE OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS. "TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR THE WATER IS EXPECTED OR IS ALREADY OCCURRING. AREAS IN THE ADVISORY SHOULD NOT EXPECT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF WAVES DANGEROUS MANY HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL TIME. THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST."
The latest updates can be found at tsunami.gov or weather.gov.
There is a probable case of Pertussis (whooping cough) on our campus. You may have been exposed to this highly contagious disease that causes severe coughing. Because no vaccine is 100% protective, even immunized persons can become ill with Pertussis, but the symptoms are usually milder.
Pertussis is spread through the air when an ill person coughs or sneezes. In adults, Pertussis symptoms include aggravating coughing attacks that last for two weeks or longer and may be accompanied by vomiting, gagging, and sticky mucus production. These attacks may worsen at night. Between the coughing attacks, the person may feel well and have no symptoms.
If you show symptoms of Pertussis:
Consult the Wellness Center or your healthcare provider and let them know you may have been exposed to someone ill with Pertussis. This disease is treated with specific antibiotics.
Notify the Wellness Center if your doctor suspects that you are ill with Pertussis. You will be given instructions regarding class attendance.
To help protect against getting ill from Pertussis:
Check with your doctor to see if you are up to date with the appropriate number of Tdap (adolescent and adult) vaccine doses.
If you have any additional questions regarding Pertussis, you may call the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Epidemiology and Immunization Services at 1-866-358-2966 and press 5 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.
PLNU’s Wellness Center is available for consultation M-F, 8:00a-4:30a and may be reached at 619-849-2574.