The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Protect DuPage


School Safety

Earlier this month, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in partnership with the Illinois Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officers Association, hosted an exercise for police officers on Friday, April 11. This exercise was designed to equip police officers with the skills and tools to effectively respond to crisis situations at schools.  This training brought together police officers from across the state, enabling them to practice response techniques in a “real-world” environment. Please view the below resources to learn more about school safety:


Preparedness for the Whole Community 

April is “Preparedness for the Whole Community Month” in Illinois. As such, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages residents to apply the whole community approach when it comes to preparing for emergencies. The whole community approach means taking into account the needs of everyone. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals with access and functional needs, children, senior residents, non-English speaking residents, pets or service animals, etc. It is also important for businesses, schools, faith-based groups and other community organizations to develop and practice plans for staying safe when disaster strikes. When everyone is prepared, it helps to make our community more resilient to disasters. 

For more information, please view the video below in which an official from the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management discusses specific steps everyone can take to be prepared for all types of emergencies.


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Connect with DuPage OHSEM on Facebook, Twitter and Nixle 

  • For the latest updates regarding county-wide emergency information, be sure to subscribe to the Protect DuPage Twitter feed and Facebook account.
  • The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with several other public safety agencies in DuPage County, participate in Nixle, a free notification program that sends alerts to residents via text messages and email. To sign up for this free service, simply text your zip code to 888777, or visit to register online. is DuPage County's official website for county-wide emergency alerts and information.