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.
Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 8–12, 2019
Statewide Tornado Drills
Minnesota Tornado Watch/Warning Drills for Thursday, April 11 have been cancelled due to a blizzard warning. No backup date has been scheduled.
During the week, the Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service will be promoting severe weather safety and emergency preparedness information in the media.
This is the perfect time for families, communities, schools and local businesses to review and talk about their emergency plans and how they can prepare for the upcoming severe weather season.
Each day of the week highlights an important seasonal weather safety topic.
- Monday: Alerts and Warnings
- Tuesday: Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail
- Wednesday: Floods
- Thursday: Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills)
- Friday: Extreme Heat
Promote Emergency Preparedness in Your Community!
- Host community preparedness activities
- Ask local businesses about their emergency plans
- Host a preparedness and health fair
- Start a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- Meet with homeowner associations to discuss emergency plans
- Post Facebook articles and photos about preparedness activities
- Send tweets with preparedness tips
- Teach preparedness classes at local schools
The National Weather Service's Ambassador's Corner newsletter is also available, containing information about flood safety and last year's September 20 tornadoes.
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