Programs & Services

The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) oversees several emergency preparedness initiatives at the University:

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) - DEM maintains the AEDs and AED cabinets that are located in buildings across campus. See the AEDs page for more information.

Emergency Plans - DEM coordinates the development of emergency plans on campus. See the Emergency Plans page for more information.

Outdoor warning sirens - Hennepin and Ramsey counties have outdoor warning sirens located on or near campus. The sirens, which are typically activated during severe weather situations, are tested at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. The University of Minnesota has an outdoor warning system called the Campus Wide Emergency Alert System that transmits verbal warnings and instructions in an emergency.

Tone Alert Radios (TARs) - TARs are located in buildings across campus. The University of Minnesota Police Department will activate the radio when there is urgent information that needs to be transmitted (e.g. severe weather, street/building closures). TARs are tested at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month.

SAFE-U - DEM is the point of contact regarding SAFE-U, the University's emergency text notification system. For more information or to register, see the SAFE-U page.