Floor marshall Tambra Williams discusses campus safety.

Safety and Emergency Information


4:00 p.m. Final Update

The University Police Department has searched campus buildings in response to an email sent to organizations nationwide that threatened a bomb attack today, December 13. No evidence for concern has been found. As a continuing precautionary measure, university police will increase patrols on campus this evening. We encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report any suspicious activity by calling 911 or the UPD at 909-869-3070. Final exams will continue as scheduled, and campus operations will proceed as normal. We do not anticipate sending further updates unless the situation changes.

2:36 p.m.

The University Police Department is continuing to conduct a sweep of campus buildings as a precautionary measure in response to today’s nationwide email bomb threat.  No evidence for concern has been found. The campus remains open and final exams will proceed as scheduled. An update will be provided by 4 p.m.

1:25 p.m.

Numerous organizations across the nation received an email bomb threat today. Cal Poly Pomona received a similar email. University police are in touch with local and federal authorities and are conducting sweeps of campus buildings as a precautionary measure. If you receive such an email or notice suspicious activity, notify the UPD at 909-869-3070. We will continue to keep the campus updated.

The campus remains open and finals will continue as scheduled.


Earthquake Advisory and Preparedness

Safety is a top priority at Cal Poly Pomona. The university is proactive in ensuring its community enjoys a safe environment conducive to studying and working.

This website brings together resources on campus related to emergency response and public safety. Do your part to help keep our community safe by learning about the university’s emergency procedures, emergency communication and safety resources. Explore the links to learn more.

The Great California Shake Out

The campus will participate in the annual Great California Shakeout on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m.
At the same time, the university community will test its Safety Alert System

At 10:18 a.m., students, staff and faculty across campus should drop, cover and hold on for one minute, as well as assess their earthquake readiness.  

 As part of the quarterly Safety Alert test, the university also will activate its emergency notification broadcast system via the campus phone system. A short announcement will simultaneously play through the speakerphones of all Cisco phones on campus. The university also plans to tap into an existing PA system to alert students, staff and faculty.

Cal Poly Pomona is prepared to respond to an earthquake, but it is always prudent to have water and a snack on hand, as well as a flashlight.

In case of an earthquake or other emergency, Cal Poly Pomona will send Safety Alert messages to the university community via text/SMS, email and telephone, as well as post messages on the university home page and Safety website. Now is a good time to check your contact information in BroncoDirect to make sure it is current.

Additional earthquake preparedness tips are available on Ready.gov.

For more information about how you can be earthquake prepared, check out this preparedness video.

Precautions Urged After Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Detected

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been detected at Cal Poly Pomona by the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.

The university is one of two locations where the virus has been discovered in the San Gabriel Valley so far this season. It was also found at Cortez Park in West Covina.

Precautions you can take:

  • Using insect repellents that can be applied directly to the skin (DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus, for example)
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, especially during peak mosquito hours (dawn and dusk)
  • Eliminating or emptying containers that can hold standing water and allow mosquitoes to breed (flower pots, rain gutters, bird baths, old tires, buckets and pool covers)
  • Keeping doors and windows at home closed and making sure windows have screens without holes or tears.
  • Reporting large amounts of mosquitoes, standing water and green swimming pools to the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District at (626) 814-9466 or sgvmosquito.org.
  • Reporting dead birds (a sign of West Nile virus) on the West Nile virus hotline at (877) 968-2473 or go to westnile.ca.gov.

For more information, you can read the entire article on Polycentric.