Inclement Weather

The Department of Public Safety is alerted to potential severe or inclement weather a NOAA weather receiver, local police 911 dispatch and/or local news services. Upon receiving this information, notification is made to the university community in various ways.

Weather closing
The University of Michigan-Flint may close in the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  With the onset of winter, it is once again time to review how students, faculty and staff will be notified in the event of a closure.

Severe weather, power outages, a water main break—any of these situations can cause a full or partial closure of the campus.  Incidents may occur that will necessitate the closing of campus at any time of the day and sometimes, only a portion of a day’s classes may be cancelled.  The leadership team that makes the decision to cancel classes for an entire day will try to make the announcement no later than 5:00 a.m. for the sake of those who have a long commute to campus.  However, with the unpredictability of any situation, this may not always be possible. 

When inclement weather forces the campus-wide cancellation of classes, the UM-Flint Emergency Alert System will be activated so that registered users will receive texts messages and voice mail.  If you have not registered to receive UM-Flint Emergency Alerts, please visit

As soon as a decision is made about closing the campus, the following communication procedure will be activated:

-          UM-Flint Emergency Alert System activated.

-          Information will immediately get posted on the front page of the UM-Flint web site at

-          An e-mail will be sent to all students, faculty and staff with the closing information.

-          Closing information will also be posted on university social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

-          The University Communications staff will contact the media to announce the closing.  Media outlets that will be contacted include:

  • WJRT, ABC 12
  • WEYI, NBC 25
  • WNEM, TV 5
  • WJBK, Fox 2 Detroit
  • WXYZ – TV 7
  • WDIV – TV 4


If you are interested in learning more about the Campus Emergency Response Plan (ERP) it can be reviewed and downloaded from Environment, Health and Safety's web site at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of University Relations at 810-237-6570.

Summer Inclement Weather
The Department of Public Safety will take the following actions in regard to these weather conditions:

Tornado Watch
A tornado watch indicates that weather conditions are favorable for a tornado. A tornado watch does not indicate that a tornado has been spotted. All departments will be contacted by telephone and informed of the tornado watch condition, as well as the time period indicated by the National Weather Service for the tornado watch.

Tornado Warning
A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has been located in or around the Genesee County area and/or a threat exists. All departments and building occupants will be notified by the public address system and/or by Department of Public Safety employees. Students and staff with disabilities should be assisted to the designated shelter areas, using elevators when necessary.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch
A severe thunderstorm watch indicates that severe thunderstorm activity may be expected. No notification will be made under these conditions by the Department of Public Safety.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
A severe thunderstorm warning indicates that severe thunderstorm activity is present or expected in the area. Departments with critical electrical equipment and computer systems should take note that their equipment may be placed at risk if plugged in and left running. All departments will be contacted by the Department of Public Safety and informed of the current and anticipated weather conditions.

In the event of an emergency, the department will assist people in locating the appropriate shelter areas. All persons will be asked to remain in the shelter area until the emergency condition is terminated.

The department reminds all faculty and staff that upon leaving the office, turn off the lights and secure the door. This will assist the department in a walk-through check of the buildings to determine if all areas are evacuated as well as to prevent criminal activity.