The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Protect DuPage 

 

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

School and Campus Preparedness

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 kids 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.      
  • Many parents shy away from doing this, with the thought that talking to kids about emergencies will only serve to scare their children.   
  • Psychologists, however, 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.

For additional tips and resources, please view the video below and visit the emergency preparedness section of ProtectDuPage.org