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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.

2019 Big Ten Emergency Management and Special Events Conference

Join us July 28-31 for the 2019 Big Ten Emergency Management and Special Events Conference on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.


To register for the conference, complete the online registration form.

Hotel Reservations

Conference hotel accommodations are available at the Graduate Hotel. To receive the conference rate, visit the Graduate Hotel website or call 612-379-8888, press 1 for reservations, and ask for the Big 10 Special Events and Emergency Conference.

Apply for International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Scholarships

The IAEM Scholarship Program Application Period is now open and will close at 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2019. The IAEM Scholarship Program provides scholarships through a competitive process to full-time undergraduate and graduate students, and part-time graduate students, working on degrees in emergency management, disaster management, or closely related fields of study. Applications are received from students anywhere in the world, and students do not have to be members of IAEM. Awardees are selected based on applications and required complimentary materials.

A new application portal integrated with the new IAEM association database has been launched to manage the scholarship application process. To be considered for an award in this year's program, visit the new online scholarship application portal and review the application instructions. A login and password are necessary to complete the application. Individuals who do not have an IAEM account will be prompted to register (at no cost) prior to completing the application. Registration provides applicants access to update the application and provide additional documentation prior to the deadline.

Any questions about the program or applications should be directed to Scholarship Program Director Dawn M. Shiley

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?

Evan - PSA

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.

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.


Get Ready Gopher Episode 8 PSA

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