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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

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Publication date: April 5, 2016

Although there is still a chill in the air and a random flurry or two, it is Minnesota after all; we do need to prepare for the eventual return of summer and the threat of severe weather. Are you ready? Now is the time to plan for what you will do when sirens sound or the heavy rains cause flooding.  

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 Awareness 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 11:

Alerts and Warnings – Personal weather alerts, siren activation information and types of warnings

Tuesday, April 12:

Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail – Thunderstorm winds, hail and lightning safety tips

Wednesday, April 13:

Floods – What to do before a flood, driving safety, what to do in a flash flood and flood terms

Thursday, April 14:

Tornadoes – What to do during a tornado event


Friday, April 15:

Extreme Heat – Heat waves, heat terms and heat illnesses

The University of Minnesota will be participating in the Statewide Tornado Drills on Thursday, April 14th at 1:45pm and 6:55pm. Sirens will sound on campus.