Providing timely, honest and accurate information during an emergency is one of the University's highest priorities. Every effort is made to give members of the media credible information as quickly as possible.
In some cases, it may be necessary to inform members of the University community or family members of certain news before we make information available to the general public.
A member of the University News Service is reachable 24 hours a day by pager. Call the News Service at 612-624-5551 for more information.
During an emergency, information is communicated to the media through briefings, news conferences, and in writing. The University makes every effort to have a University administrator or the person closest to the incident available for interviews. All written information is posted on the Web at www.umn.edu.
The University has emergency response plans similar to those in any public agency. For a major emergency an incident command post is established and a public information officer designated. If the incident is large or ongoing, an Emergency Operations Center may be established as well.
As in all emergencies, please do not cross police safety tape, block traffic lanes, or otherwise interfere with first responders.
University of Minnesota police respond to incidents on campus. The University has agreements with other local law enforcement agencies to provide back up assistance in times of need. The Minneapolis and St. Paul fire departments respond to fires and health emergencies on the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, respectively.