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.
May - Access and Functional Preparedness Month
May is "Access and Functional Needs Preparedness Month" in Illinois. The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages residents to take steps to ensure that family members or neighbors who have access and functional needs are prepared for emergencies. The term "access and functional needs" refers to residents who might require additional assistance during a disaster, such as residents who are on ventilators, or residents with limited mobility, etc. One way that residents with access and functional can be better prepared for an emergency is to conduct a personal assessment. The personal assessment should include information about what you are able to do for yourself and what assistance you may need before, during, and after a disaster.
The video below contains an in-depth interview regarding emergency preparedness steps that residents with access or functional needs can take in order to prepare for emergencies:
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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.