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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 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.

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System-wide responsibility for developing, implementing & sustaining the emergency management program of the University.

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

Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Publication date: October 22, 2015

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.

Winter Hazard Awareness Week Topics

Monday, November 9:

Winter Weather Overview – Ice storms, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, winter weather watches and warnings and wind chill

Tuesday, November 10:

Outdoor Winter Safety – Safety on ice, snowmobile safety, hypothermia and frostbite

Wednesday, November 11:

Winter Fire Safety – Winter and holiday fire safety, alternative heat sources, smoke detectors, cooking safety, candles and decorations

Thursday, November 12:

Indoor Winter Safety – Carbon monoxide, radon, mold and general home care

Friday, November 13:

Winter Driving – Auto safety, snowplows, road conditions, using 5-1-1, winter driving tips, car survival kits