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

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 and Security (DPSS), 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. 

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 and Security (DPPS).

For assistance with emergency preparedness or business continuity, contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness by calling (734) 763-8391.

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Established 3/4/11, last updated 11/13/17 – Contact us if you believe any information is incorrect or outdated