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.
Welcome to Protect DuPage
Protect DuPage is your source for official county-wide emergency alerts and information from the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM). This page is periodically updated to provide emergency information, as well as information pertaining to the current month’s emergency preparedness theme (please see below).
As many residents have seen in the past years, emergencies can happen at anytime and anywhere. As such, take action now by following these simple steps:
- Get a Kit – Assemble a kit of supplies such as food, water, medications, etc. to last you and your family at least three days.
- Make a Plan – Engage your family, including family members with access and functional needs, in making an emergency plan to find out who to call, where to meet, and what to pack in an emergency supply kit. Be sure to also include pets in the plan.
- Be Informed – Learn ways to receive emergency alerts via a NOAA Weather Radio and other ways a municipality may communicate with its residents. Connect with DuPage OHSEM by subscribing to the Protect DuPage Twitter feed, Facebook account and Nixle account.
- Get Involved – Join a Citizen Corps Council and other community organizations to support community preparedness.
For more emergency preparedness tips and resources, please visit the emergency preparedness section of ProtectDuPage.org
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
This October marks the 11th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As such, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is highlighting cyber safety in an effort to encourage residents to protect themselves and their families from cyber-related incidents, such as identity theft.
According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 7 hours and 38 minutes per day online. The Pew Internet Research Center’s Teens, Social Media, and Internet Privacy study reveals 91 percent of teens share photos of themselves, 82 percent share their birth date, 71 percent share their school name, 53 percent share their email address, and 20 percent share their cell phone number. This underscores the importance of discussing cyber security with everyone to be safe.
In the video below, the Technology and Special Projects Coordinator for the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) interviews DuPage County’s Chief Information Officer Don Carlsen. The interview focuses on cyber safety, and ways that residents can protect themselves from cyber-related incidents.
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