What should I do in an emergency situation?
If there is a threat to people, property, facilities, or otherwise:
- Call 911
Note: It is not necessary to dial 8 on your campus phone when calling 911
- Remain calm
- Report the type of emergency:
- Criminal or threatening behavior
- Major flooding
- Chemical spill
- Radiation contamination
- Biological contamination
- Terrorist threat
- Report your location
How are campus-wide emergency notifications made?
In case of campus emergencies, the University uses multiple communications to notify the campus community, including tone alert radios, outdoor warning systems, on-the-ground public safety personnel, email, the University home page and TXT-U. TXT-U is the University of Minnesota’s emergency notification text messaging system.
612-301-SAFE: For messages about weather, safety, and health emergencies on the Twin Cities campus, call 301-SAFE (612-301-7233).
Building Emergency Plans
Every building on campus is to have an up-to-date Building Emergency Plan. The primary objective of this plan is to ensure everyone leaves the building safely, or sheltered in-place as appropriate, and occupants are accounted for after evacuation. Development and maintenance of a building emergency plan is a participatory process with building occupants providing leadership and serving in roles to ensure plan objectives are met.
What can I do to prepare for a pandemic or other health emergency?
- Keep yourself in good health. This includes getting a seasonal flu shot, eating a healthy diet, exercising, and not smoking.
- Practice infection control measures now. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently. Cover your cough and sneeze into a tissue; dispose of the tissue and wash your hands. Avoid close contact with others when you are ill.
- Develop a communications plan with your family. Create a list of important contacts and discuss alternative ways to communicate if necessary. This might include prearranged meeting places or communication through a third party, such as a relative. If you live on campus, discuss with your family when and how you might leave campus in the event of an emergency.
- Have an emergency kit ready to leave campus quickly if needed. This should include important documents, some food and water, prescription medications, change of clothes, and a means of getting important information, such as a hand crank radio.
- If you live at home, begin to collect extra food and water so that you could stay at home for a period of at least two weeks. Make sure you don’t run low on prescription medications or other essential personal items.
- Be prepared to listen and follow the instructions of emergency response personnel during an emergency. Lives can be lost when people don’t work together during an emergency.
Who's involved with emergency planning and response?
The Vice President for University Services has overall responsibility for safety, security, and emergency response functions at the University. An Emergency Management Policy Committee of senior administrators provides overall strategic direction to emergency planning and communications activities.
Various departments and units assist with emergency planning and response. These include:
- The University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) is a full-time, professional law enforcement agency including sworn police officers and investigators. The UMPD responds to all 911 calls, crime, and emergency events on campus.
- The Security Monitor Program, operated by the UMPD, employs and trains students to patrol campus and escort people after hours.
- The Department of Emergency Management develops and implements the University's emergency response plans, including notification and evacuation plans and emergency training. DEM works with University, local, county, state, and federal governments to plan and prepare for large problems and disasters.
- The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS) oversees a range of health and safety issues on campus, including laboratory safety, occupational health, air quality, and office ergonomics. DEHS has a hazardous materials response team that responds to biological or chemical spills on campus and operates a hazardous waste facility to appropriately dispose of hazardous substances generated at the University.
- The Academic Health Center Office of Emergency Response (AHC-OER) oversees the development and maintenance of plans and procedures to prepare for and respond to health emergencies on campus. They also work extensively with organizations in the community to ensure that the campus community is effectively integrated into broader city, county, state and federal preparedness and response plans.
- The Building Codes office issues building permits, monitors construction activities, and employs a full-time fire inspector to certify the safety of University buildings and construction sites.
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