Health Response and Preparation Information

Looking for information on COVID-19? See the Safe Campus Coronavirus Public Health Alert page.  

Report a Safety Concern

If you have a safety concern, you can submit a Safety Concern Form or contact us at 612-626-6002.

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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.

Summer Weather Hazards Can Escalate Quickly

As the temperature increases, so does the threat for summer severe weather. That includes dangerous heat, thunderstorms, flash flooding, tornadoes, and wildfire. Now is the time to make your safety plans for sever weather. For more information about preparing for severe summer weather, visit the National Weather Service's Summer Safety page.

Excessive heat watch and warning descriptions

An Excessive Heat Watch is issued when dangerous heat is possible. Reschedule outdoor activities in the coming days. Make sure that children, the elderly, and pets have a place to cool off during the heat. Be prepared.

An Excessive Heat Warning is issued when dangerous heat is happening or about to happen. Avoid heavy activity and direct sunlight. Stay hydrated, find a cool indoor place, and check on children, elderly, and pets. Take action.

National Weather Service Forecast Information

Student Scholarships for AMEM 2021 Fall Conference

The Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM) is once again pleased to offer eligible students scholarships to attend this year's AMEM Annual Conference, September 19 – 22, 2021, at Breezy Point Resort. The scholarships are intended to cover the costs of conference registration, lodging and meals, and travel mileage.

Interested applicants should return the application to Breanna Koval (, AMEM Secretary and Student Liaison to the AMEM Board of Directors, by August 20, 2021.

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?

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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.


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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