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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.

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

Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Publication date: December 6, 2018

Winter Hazard Awareness Week

It is hard to believe winter is already here! The hats and mittens have replaced the sunglasses and ball caps. Ice melt and shovels now fill the store shelves as well as sweaters and winter boots. As the cold blustery wind blows in, the threat of hazardous winter weather blows in too. Are you ready? Now is the time to plan for what you will do when the snow starts to fall.    

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) sponsors the annual “Winter Hazard Awareness Week” public information campaign each year. The week features an intense media campaign that highlights specific daily topics related to winter weather safety. The HSEM Winter Weather Safety website offers additional information, checklists, and other informational resources to assist in local education efforts throughout the season.

Local professionals and volunteers can use these resources to engage their fellow citizens and local media to focus on these hazards and help ensure everyone has a safe and fun winter season.

Winter Hazard Awareness Week Topics

Monday, November 5:

Winter Storms – Ice storms, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, winter weather watches and warnings and wind chill

Tuesday, November 6:

Outdoor Winter Safety – Safety on ice, snowmobile safety, hypothermia and frostbite

Wednesday, November 7:

Winter Fire Safety – Winter and holiday fire safety, alternative heat sources, smoke detectors, cooking safety, candles and decorations

Thursday, November 8:

Indoor Winter Safety – Carbon monoxide, radon, mold and general home care

Friday, November 9:

Winter Driving – Auto safety, snowplows, road conditions, using 5-1-1, winter driving tips, car survival kits

See the following documents for some tips and tricks on staying safe in severe winter weather!

Wind Chill Chart

Winter Safety Travel Checklist

Winter Storms Fact Sheet