Campus preparedness

The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) works to ensure the university can preserve its mission of teaching, research and learning when it is impacted by a major emergency or disaster. Emergency Management does this by developing and implementing comprehensive emergency management plans and procedures that address potential hazards and threats to the university.

The DEM works closely with other departments and stakeholders across the university to identify and mitigate risks, prepare for emergencies, respond to incidents, and recover from disasters. This may include developing emergency response plans, conducting training and drills, establishing communication systems, coordinating with external agencies, and providing support and resources to affected individuals and communities.

In addition to preserving the university's core mission, the DEM seeks to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the surrounding community during emergency situations. By being proactive and prepared, the DEM can help minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on the university and its stakeholders and facilitates a timely and effective recovery.


Anna Lumpkin

Anna Lumpkin

Director, Emergency Management
Department of Emergency Management
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Have a Plan

Access tools to create an emergency plan for yourself, your department, or an upcoming campus event.

Emergency Planning Tools
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Fire Safety

Learn more about campus fire safety policies and procedures, including the approval process for fireworks, pyrotechnics, and stages.

Fire Safety
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Stay Informed

Access to accurate information and safety tools is a vital piece of your preparedness. Learn more about campus and community resources.

Campus Safety Resources
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Emergency Notifications

Hawk Alert is the campus emergency notification system. Keep your settings up to date using MyUI or Employee Self Service.

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Take Action

Safety is a shared responsibility. Learn how to respond to various emergencies that could impact you during your time on campus.

Emergency Response Guide
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Emergency Communications

Dispatchers answer emergency calls, send first responders, and provide support to those experiencing an emergency until help arrives.

Emergency Communications

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Emergency Management News

September is National Preparedness Month

Tuesday, September 12, 2023
September marks the start of National Preparedness Month, which is an annual opportunity to consider the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies both on campus and at home. Here at the University of Iowa, the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) provides planning tools, educational resources, and training for students, employees, and visitors.

Stay safe during excessive heat

Monday, August 21, 2023
With heat index values forecasted to reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s important to keep in mind these safety tips from the NWS and look out for one another.