Emergency Management

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Office of Emergency Management to provide a safe and secure environment for all faculty, staff, students and visitors coming to the University. As part of this effort, through integrated planning with internal University affiliations as well as external entities, prevent the loss of life and reduce injuries and property damage during natural and man-made incidents/events through emergency management principles of planning, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

  • Hazard Mitigation Project

    The University of Michigan - Dearborn is currently engaged in a hazard mitigation planning process to become less vulnerable to natural, manmade and technological disasters.

    The University, along with partners, are working to develop the first Hazard Mitigation Plan for the campus. The purpose of the Plan is to identify and assess our University's risks and determine who to best minimize or manage those risks. Upon completion, the Plan will foster improved collaboration with internal and external stakeholders; provide a comprehensive approach to managing hazards on the campus; provide a strategic road map to further complement the emergency preparedness strategic plan; and align strategies with institutional planning efforts around continuity of operations.


  • Our Vision

    The Office of Emergency Management will strive for a disaster-resistant University community while working with internal and external community members.

  • Our Goals
    • Provide services that promote emergency preparedness
    • Lead the development, dissemination and application of emergency preparedness programs within the campus community
    • Conduct activities that incorporate the values of quality, responsibility, accountability, trust, diversity, flexibility and respect
  • Our approach

    We utilize an all-hazards approach, which means we work to prevent emergencies while simultaneously preparing to respond if they do occur. This approach was set in place to protect the people, property, assets and environment within the UM-Dearborn community.

  • Core Emergency Management Principles

    Core principles serve as the foundation of All Hazards Emergency Management at the University:

    • Support and maintain a safe, healthy and protected campus for faculty, staff, students, visitors, and contractors on University property.
    • Provide expertise in emergency/disaster management and contingency management.
    • Effectively communicate on how we conduct our business while delivering quality service to internal and external customers.
    • Timely response to emergency needs and requirements.
    • Ethical behavior and respect for individual differences.
    • Continue to foster partnerships within the University and community. 
  • What You Can Do

    Emergencies, disasters, accidents, injuries, and crimes can occur without warning at any time. Being physically and psychologically prepared to handle unexpected emergencies is an individual as well as an organizational responsibility.

    • Keep emergency supplies in your office or laboratory (medications, flashlights, comfortable shoes, bottled water, batteries, and portable radios)

    • Become familiar with the quickest exit route from your building.

    • Locate the nearest fire extinguisher and pull station.

    • Schedule safety courses with the department of Emergency Management (EM)

    If you have any questions concerning a unique situation not covered in this reference, need aditional information, or would like to schedule training courses, please contact EM at umdearborn-emermgt@umich.edu. 

  • National Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System Test - October 3, 2018

    The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system is critical to our country's preparedness.

    WEA is a public safety system that allows customers who have a smart phone and other enabled mobile device to receive targeted alerts warning of imminent threats to safety in their area. WEA is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children such as an AMBER alert or other critical situations.

    The WEA test message appearing on your smart device will read:

    "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

    EAS is a national public warning system requiring broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a national emergency. The system may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather information targeted to specific areas.

    The EAS message appearing on your television will read:

    "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. No action is required."

    This year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be conducting a Nationwide WEA at 2:18 p.m. and EAS test at 2:20 p.m. on October 3, 2018. 

    If you are interested in learning more go to FEMA National Test website or read FEMA's Fact Sheet.

UM-Dearborn: Emergency Preparedness
Knowing what to do in an emergency may save someone’s life and possibly your own.
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UM-Dearborn was ranked safest public university in Michigan for the fourth-straight year by StateUniversity.com.

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