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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois 


Welcome to Protect DuPage

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The 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.

Alerts, Updates, and Information from Twitter @ProtectDuPage

27th Annual Advanced Severe Weather Seminar - March 10, 2018

The registration is now open for the 27th Annual Advanced Severe Weather Seminar scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2018.  For more information, including registration, please visit

Earthquake Preparedness Month - February

The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) encourages residents to be prepared for earthquakes.  View several short videos from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) on do-it-yourself earthquake home mitigation projects:

    Additional Information:

    Winter Weather Preparedness

    The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages residents to take steps to be prepared for winter weather. A great way to start preparing is to review this How to Prepare for a Winter Storm guidebook from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

    Keep in mind that during severe winter weather, there is also an increased likelihood of power outages. Review this Power Outage Checklist from the American Red Cross. Additionally, view a list and map of heating sites (warming centers) in DuPage County. Please be sure to call a warming center before going to one, as some are only open during emergencies, such as large-scale power outages.

    Click below to view some videos from FEMA. 


    For additional tips, please view the resources below:

    Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria Information

    It is important to know where to find trusted information regarding Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria. As such, for the latest information visit the below websites and follow USAGov and FEMA on Twitter.  

    Hurricane Harvey

    Hurricane Irma

    Hurricane Maria

    The most effective way to support disaster survivors is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations. Visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website at to learn more. 

    For disaster survivors in Chicago-land area needing immediate help, please contact American Red Cross at 1-800-Red-Cross (733-2767).    

    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


      Contact Us

      Director Murray Snow (website)

      Murray J. Snow 

      Business Phone: 

      Duty Officer 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.