Training and Exercises

Along with planning, DEM provides the necessary training and exercises to mitigate and reduce or eliminate long-term risk to students, faculty, staff, and guests and University property from hazards and their effects.  DEM’s desire is to achieve priority capabilities through training and exercise over the next five years.  Ideally, DEM’s Multiyear Training and Exercise Schedule will use a building-block approach when determining training and exercises.  The building-block approach ensures successful progression in exercise design, complexity, and execution, and allows for the appropriate training to occur in preparation for an exercise.

DEM assists in the exercise design, training, and implementation of full-scale functional exercises and table-top exercises system-wide, as well as Building Emergency Plans (BEP), Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP), fire and tornado building drills. For more information, please contact us at dem@umn.edu.

DEM offers Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) certification courses, CPR certification, and First Responder courses, and maintains the publicly accessible automated external defibrillators (AEDs). For more information, please visit our University of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services page.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free online training in the area of emergency response. There are four basic FEMA courses that serve as an introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). They are:

IS-700.B An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

IS-800.D National Response Framework, An Introduction

IS-100.C Introduction to the Incident Command System

IS-200.C Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was created to provide the Nation with a common response framework for five mission areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. NIMS is a national directive to enhance emergency response coordination across the nation. It is the basis for Incident Command System (ICS), which is the framework that is used to respond to emergencies. The University of Minnesota has adopted NIMS as its method for incident management.

The University of Minnesota has adopted NIMS as its method for incident management. View the policy here.