Welcome to Protect DuPage
The Protect DuPage website and its related social media accounts are your sources for official information from the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM). The information is periodically updated and is geared towards preparing you to respond to and recover from emergencies or disasters. Connect with us by subscribing to our Twitter feed (see below), Facebook account and YouTube account. If you do not use social media, we created the "Social Media Feeds" page for you, located on the left side of this page, to stay informed. We hope you enjoy these features and find it of value.
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National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a national public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to protect their computers and our nation's critical cyber infrastructure. As such, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages home users, schools, businesses, hospitals, and governments to be vigilant 365 days a year in order to protect their computers, children, and data.
Though technology brings many conveniences (e.g. shopping and banking online, connecting with family and friends, turning on air conditioning, monitoring a home security system while away) to our lives, it also requires that we share more information than ever. Here are three simple steps to take to secure the devices that hold your valuable personal information.
- Keep a clean machine. Like your smartphone or PC, keep any device that connects to the Internet free from viruses and malware. Update the software regularly on the device itself as well as the apps you use to control the device.
- Think twice about your device. Have a solid understanding of how a device works, the nature of its connection to the Internet, and the type of information it stores and transmits before even purchasing or using the device.
- Secure your network and devices. Properly secure the wireless network you use to connect Internet-enabled devices. Use strong passwords that use a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols.
For additional tips, please view the resources below:
Severe Weather Season
Severe weather can happen at anytime. The Weather Watcher Page from the National Weather Service Chicago Weather Forecast Office is a great resource for advanced information to allow you to prepare. Always have your NOAA weather radio available and in working order. Watch the below interview for tips and information pertaining to severe weather preparedness. Additional information is available in the Severe Weather Preparedness Guide developed by IEMA and the NWS and on the emergency preparedness page of ProtectDuPage.org.
DuPage County Health Department Monitors Ebola
The DuPage County Health Department, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continues to monitor Ebola. For more information, please visit the Health Department's Ebola Monitoring website.