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.
Winter Weather Tips
Try to stay indoors during extremely cold weather. Make any trips outside as brief as possible, and remember these tips below to protect your health and safety.
- If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, work slowly.
- Avoid walking on ice or getting wet.
- Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping, or skiing.
- Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.
- If you are stranded, it is safest to stay in your car.
Dress warmly and stay dry
What to wear
- A hat
- A scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
- Sleeves that are snug at the wrist
- Mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
- Water-resistant coat and boots
- Several layers of loose-fitting clothing
- Inner Layer: Wear fabrics that will hold more body heat and don’t absorb moisture. Wool, silk, or polypropylene will hold more body heat than cotton.
- Insulation Layer: An insulation layer will help you retain heat by trapping air close to your body. Natural fibers, like wool or goose down, or a classic fleece work best.
- Outer Layer: The outermost layer helps protect you from wind, rain, and snow. It should be tightly woven, and preferably water and wind resistant, to reduce loss of body heat.
- Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body rapidly.
- Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.
- Also, avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower. These materials in contact with the skin greatly increase heat loss from the body.
- Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
See FEMA's Be Prepared for a Winter Storm information for more safety tips.
National Weather Service Forecast Information
- National Weather Service Twin Cities
- National Weather Service Weather Story
- National Weather Service Twin Cities Winter Weather
Gun Violence PSA
Following is a PSA that was created in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Would you recognize the signs of gun violence?
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.
NOAA Weather-Ready Nation AmbassadorTM
The Department of Emergency Management has been designated as a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation AmbassadorTM. The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, DEM is committed to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.
System-wide responsibility for developing, implementing & sustaining the emergency management program of the University.
University of Minnesota
Department of Emergency Management
2221 University Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414