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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM)


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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Access and Functional Needs

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 and/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 needs 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. Consider what assistance and equipment you need for personal hygiene, meals and transportation; how you will use equipment that runs on electricity if the power is out; and how you will care for any pets or service animals.

For more information, please refer to the “Emergency Preparedness Tips for Those with Access and Functional Needs” document from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. 

Additional Information:

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

    Winter Weather Season

    The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages residents to take steps to be prepared for winter weather.

    Heating Sites/Warming Centers

    View a list and map of heating sites (warming centers) in DuPage County. Please be sure to call a heating site before going to one, as some are only open during emergencies, such as large-scale power outages.  

    Additional Resources

    Contact Us

    Bill Babyar

    William Babyar

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    Emergency Phone:

    418 N. County Farm Road
    Wheaton, IL 60187


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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.