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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
"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.
"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.
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 ProtectDuPage.org.
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.