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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
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Access and Functional Needs Preparedness
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 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.
Severe Weather Season
Severe weather can happen at anytime. 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. Always have your
NOAA weather radio available and in working order. Watch the below videos 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
DuPage County Health Department Monitors Ebola
The DuPage County Health Department, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continues to monitor Ebola. For more information, please visit the Health Department's
Ebola Monitoring website.