Emergencies & Business Continuity

Take home message: Familiarize yourself with U-M’s Emergency Procedures – you never know when an emergency or disaster situation could strike, and it helps to think through how you might handle such a situation before it occurs. If you do find yourself in an emergency situation, dial 911 to contact the Department of Public Safety.

U-M Policy and helpful links

  • The Office of Emergency Preparedness provides resources, guidance, and training to the U-M community in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. The Emergency Procedures flipchart gives an overview of how to respond to various emergency situations. (See also the UM-Flint Emergency Preparedness and Response page, and UM-Dearborn Emergency Preparedness page).
  • The U-M Emergency Alert system is a mass notification system through which U-M can notify its community of an active, major campus emergency. All faculty, staff and students should make sure they register to receive alerts through the emergency alert system.
  • Business continuity is about making sure the University can recover from emergency situations, to continue providing its services and fulfilling its mission. The Department of Environment, Health and Safety maintains resources on business continuity planning, including checklists and templates for developing department-level plans. Although these resources are primarily directed towards pandemic flu planning, they can be applied generally to other continuity planning.
  • The Michigan Center for Public Health Preparedness (MI-CPHP), housed within the U-M School of Public Health, has collated a number of training modules and publications that may be of interest to those wanting to learn more about how to get prepared for public health emergencies, such as bioterrorism, epidemics or pandemics.

Things to remember

  • If you find yourself in an emergency situation on campus, or witnessing a crime in progress, you should dial 911 – this will connect you directly with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the campus police.
  • If you observe or witness something that could represent a threat to students or employees, you must dial 911 and report it to DPS – they may need to issue a warning to the campus.
  • Familiarize yourself with U-M’s Emergency Procedures: you never know when an emergency or disaster situation could strike, and it helps to think through how you might handle such a situation before it occurs. (See also the UM-Flint Emergency Preparedness and Response page, and UM-Dearborn Emergency Preparedness page).
  • Register to receive alerts through the U-M Emergency Alert system. This system will alert you (through SMS, phone or email) about active, major campus emergencies.
  • You should consider developing business continuity plans for your department: although no one wants emergency situations to happen, planning for them just in case will help minimize their impact if they do occur. Contact OSEH for resources and support.

People to talk to

If you find yourself in an emergency situation on campus (police, fire, OR medical emergency), are witnessing a crime in progress, or observe something that could represent a threat to yourself or others – DIAL 911 to reach the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

For assistance with emergency preparedness or business continuity, contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness within the Department of Environment, Health and Safety (OSEH) by calling (734) 615-7025. For more specific staff contacts, the OSEH Department staff listing page includes a staff coverage map, which lists experts in each of the areas that OSEH covers, including emergency preparedness. Their experts are available to help those at all U-M campuses. If you’re not sure who to contact, call the OSEH Department on their main line in (734) 647-1143 or e-mail their general contact address.

For legal assistance or advice relating to public safety or emergency preparedness issues, contact Dave Masson in the Office of the General Counsel.


Established 3/4/11, last updated 3/1/17 – Contact us if you believe any information is incorrect or outdated