A Message from the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security
and Emergency Management
DuPage County is the second most populous
county in Illinois with almost one million residents and vital educational,
industrial, commercial, and governmental sectors. We are fortunate to have
excellent fire, law enforcement, emergency medical, and public works services
throughout the entire 333 square miles of this county. This public safety system
does an excellent job dealing with emergencies in both municipal and
unincorporated areas within DuPage County. However, there are large-scale
emergencies that can impact one or more communities within the county; stressing
their first responders beyond normal capabilities.
It is the mission of
DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) to
help prepare residents, businesses, and government entities within our county to
respond to and recover from these large-scale emergencies or disasters. We are
convinced that this “disaster resilience” starts at the local level and includes
every person, business, and organization in the county. Through county-wide
emergency planning, training, and community outreach efforts, OHSEM works with
all sectors of our county to promote disaster preparedness and resilience.
However, programs alone cannot ensure disaster resilience. It is everyone’s
responsibility to make preparedness a priority. Whether this means developing a
family emergency plan and disaster kit or making sure that your company has a
business continuity plan; we must all do our part.
We invite you visit
the website www.protectdupage.org to
learn what you can do to prepare your family or business for an emergency or
disaster. By each of us taking personal responsibility for our emergency
preparedness, DuPage County as a whole will be a more disaster resilient place
to live, work, and raise a family.