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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Protect DuPage 

 

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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August - School and Campus Preparedness Month

August is School and Campus Preparedness Month in Illinois, and the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages parents to take a few moments to learn some important tips so their children can stay safe during the upcoming school year:

  • Talk to your children's school officials and learn about the school's emergency plan. 
  • Learn about the school's plan regarding early dismissal if severe weather or some other type of emergency were to occur during the school day.
  • Ensure that the school has your current contact information (work#, mobile phone#, etc.), in case an emergency occurs and school officials need to contact you
  • If your children arrive home from school while you're at work, be sure they know a trusted friend or neighbor they can call if they need help
  • Take an active role in school emergency planning.  Ask school officials if you can serve on the school's safety committee so you can provide input from a parent's perspective
  • Talk to your children about the types of emergencies that may occur while they're at school. Psychologists state that children are often more scared of the “unknown” (situations and emergencies that are not talked about), and that providing kids with accurate, factual information is more likely to cause the children to respond appropriately if an emergency does occur while they are at school
  • Check immunization records to ensure your kids are up to date on shots. 
For additional tips, please view the resources below:

Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe weather in our area generally means severe thunderstorms. Now when you hear the words “severe thunderstorm” in the forecast, be ready for more than just heavy rain and lightning. Severe thunderstorms can also bring hail, strong wind gusts, flash floods, and tornadoes. These storms could also cause power outages. 

It’s important to be prepared and know what steps you will take when a disaster strikes.  

One of the most important steps is to have multiple ways to receive warnings and alerts (e.g. internet, local TV and radio, Wireless Emergency Alerts and weather apps, outdoor sirens, NOAA Weather Alert Radio, from family, friends and coworkers, FEMA App). Also, 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. 

Severe weather can happen at any time and anywhere. Practice your emergency plans regularly so that everyone in your home or office knows what to do when a severe weather warning is issued. Be aware of severe weather plans no matter where you travel (e.g. shopping centers, place of worship, schools, theater).

View the below resources 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.



    Contact Us

    Bill Babyar

    Director:
    William Babyar

    Business Phone: 
    630-682-7925

    Emergency Phone:
    630-682-7207

    Address:
    418 N. County Farm Road
    Wheaton, IL 60187

    Email:
    oem@dupageco.org

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    Click on the green Smart911 button to register now. The Emergency Telephone System Board of DuPage County offers a free and confidential service to help first responders when you call 911. Completing a profile will provide first responders with important information to help you when you call 911. The information  can include photos of your children, special  needs and medical information, current location. This service is appropriate for Premise Alert Program users. You can even register your pets. For more information about Smart911, click Register for Smart911.