Health Response and Preparation Information
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.
September is National Preparedness Month
The Department of Emergency Management and the Department of Homeland Security are observing is National Preparedness Month. The purpose of this event is to promote family and community disaster planning throughout the year. For more information about how to plan for potential disasters, see Ready.gov's National Preparedness Month website and learn more about the weekly topics below.
Week 1 September 1-5: Make A Plan
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.
Week 2 September 6-12: Build A Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
Week 3 September 13-19: Prepare for Disasters
Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
Week 4 September 20-26: Teach Youth About Preparedness
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
National Weather Service Releases Educational Resources
In addition to releasing its latest edition of the Ambassador's Corner newsletter, the National Weather Service has shared a number of educational resources for kids who are learning at home. Using these educational resources, kids can build a hurricane, learn how to identify different types of clouds, and study the dynamics of climate.
Severe Weather Awareness
Check out the following links to stay safe during summer severe weather.
- Alerts and Warnings
- Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail
- Tornadoes (Tornado Drill Day is April 16)
- Extreme Heat
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