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Department of Emergency Management.

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The Department of Emergency Management's mission is to help the University prepare for, respond to, recover from, and reduce the effects of disasters. Our mission is accomplished through preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

DEM serves the Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester campuses.

If You See Something Say Something

If you see something suspicious taking place on campus, report that behavior or activity to the UMPD, or in the case of emergency call 9-1-1. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. You should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.


If your department is interested in a "See Something, Say Something" poster to display, please contact DEM. The posters are available in English and Somali.



Contact DEM

University of Minnesota
Department of Emergency Management
2221 University Ave. SE
Suite 140
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Office: 612-625-8047
Fax: 612-625-6660

In The News:

Ebola Virus and the University of Minnesota

Staff at the University of Minnesota are closely monitoring the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and working closely with Minnesota Department of Health officials related to local preparedness measures.

Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week April 13-17, 2015

Believe it or not, severe weather is just around the corner! Soon the sun will shine and the temps will rise above zero, leading to humidity and a shift in the atmospheric pressure causing storms. While we need rain, and a good thunderstorm from time to time, we need to be sure we are prepared for when the storm turns dangerous or the rivers start to rise.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) sponsors the annual “Severe Weather Awareness Week” public information campaign each year. The week features an intense media campaign that highlights specific daily topics related to severe weather safety. The HSEM Severe Weather Safety website offers additional information, checklists, and other informational resources to assist in local education efforts throughout the season.

Local professionals and volunteers can use these resources to engage their fellow citizens and local media to focus on these hazards and help ensure everyone has a safe and fun summer season. Here is a one-page flyer on SWAW!

TORNADO DRILL DAY is the highlight of the week and a time for everyone to focus their tornado drill. This year the state wide tornado drills are THURSDAY, APRIL 16 AT 1:45PM & 6:55PM. This allows for people to practice drills at school, work and home. Tornado sirens will sound at both times that day, as well as the NOAA Weather Radios (also known as the Tone Alert Radios on campus).

Why conduct a Severe Weather Awareness Week campaign? According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. In 2012, 37 twisters touched down. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state. Understanding this threat and knowing what to do when a tornado is approaching can save lives.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Topics

Monday, April 13:
Alerts and Warnings– Personal weather alerts, siren activation information, and types of warnings

Tuesday, April 14:
Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail– Thunderstorm winds, hail, and lightning

Wednesday, April 15:
Floods– Flood safety tips, flood watch, and flood warning

Thursday, April 16:
Tornadoes– Shelter locations


Friday, April 17:
Extreme Heat– Heat advisory, watch, and warnings, and heat index

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