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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

Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week April 21 - 25, 2014

It is hard to believe with snow still on the ground that severe weather is just around the corner. Eventually it will warm up though and with that comes the risk of severe weather. Are you ready? Now is the time to plan for what you will do when severe weather strikes.

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.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Topics

Monday, April 21:
Alerts And Warnings – Personal weather alerts, siren activation information, and types of warnings

Tuesday, April 22:
Storms, Hail And Lightning – Thunderstorm winds, hail, and lightning

Wednesday, April 23:
Floods – Flood preparedness: before a flood, driving safety, what to do in a flash flood and know the terms

Thursday, April 24:
Tornadoes – Tornado safety information


Drills are scheduled for 1:45p.m. and 6:55p.m.

Friday, April 25:
Extreme Heat – Heat waves, heat index and heat disorders

Extreme Heat Preparedness/Response - Just In Time Disaster Training Video

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