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The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is a part of the University's Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety also oversees the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) and the Department of Central Security (DCS).

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

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Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week November 10-14, 2014

It is hard to believe that winter is almost upon us again. Eventually all the leaves will fall from the trees and the snow piles will replace leaf piles, and with that comes the threat of hazardous winter weather. Are you ready? Now is the time to plan for what you will do when the snow starts to fall.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) sponsors the annual “Winter Hazard Awareness Week” public information campaign each year. The week features an intense media campaign that highlights specific daily topics related to winter weather safety. The HSEM Winter 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 winter season.

Winter Hazard Awareness Week Topics

Monday, November 10:
Winter Storms – How storms form, types of warnings and alerts, and heavy snow and ice

Tuesday, November 11:
Outdoor Winter Safety – Thin ice, frostbite, and hypothermia

Wednesday, November 12:
Winter Fire Safety – Heating, cooking, and holiday fire safety

Thursday, November 13:
Indoor Winter Safety – Carbon monoxide

Friday, November 14:
Winter Driving – Winter survival kits for your vehicle, 511 information system, and snowplow safety

Extreme Cold: Fact sheet

Wind Chill: Fact sheet

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