Emergency Updates

Welcome to Occidental College’s Emergency Information website.

This website is the central location for official information and updates regarding emergencies and related safety matters affecting the Occidental community. Bookmark this page for easy reference—it will be updated during an active emergency situation or other safety matter to keep students, faculty, staff and family members informed.

You can also contact Campus Safety at (323) 259-2599.

September 19, 2020

9 a.m. Friday’s late-night 4.5-magnitude earthquake, centered near South San Gabriel approximately 12 miles east of campus, caused no damage and no interruption of services at Occidental.

September 10, 2020

4 p.m. While the California brushfires currently in the news pose no threat to the Occidental College campus and surrounding neighborhoods, smoke from a local fire has affected campus air quality.

September 9, 2020

2:40 p.m. An update on the California fires and their minimal impact on the Occidental campus and Eagle Rock neighborhood.

March 2, 2020

Find up-to-date and relevant information related to the spread of Coronavirus, including ongoing updates.

October 31, 2019

5:20 p.m. The Occidental College campus remains unaffected by the California brushfires currently in the news, including the Getty Fire in Los Angeles, the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, and the Hillside Fire in San Bernardino.

October 24, 2019

2:30 p.m. All clear. The grass fire on Fiji Hill has been extinguished. LAFD is on the scene, dropping water as a precaution.

October 11, 2019

5:10 p.m.  The Saddleridge fire, located about 20 miles northwest of the Oxy campus on the northern edge of the San Fernando Valley, continues to burn to the north and west, carrying it away from Oxy.

September 29, 2019

3:35 p.m. The College's telephone service provider has restored all telephone service on campus. The telephone system is back to normal.

August 26, 2019

9 a.m. Freeways are open and no smoke is showing as firefighters finish up work on the 30-acre fire that broke out near the junction of the 134 and 2 freeways Sunday afternoon.

July 5, 2019

8:50 p.m. The second earthquake in two days to shake Southern California, centered close to the first, hit at 8:19 p.m. today. As was the case with the first, the Oxy campus was unaffected by the shaking.

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