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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

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.

Alerts, Updates, and Information from Twitter @ProtectDuPage

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 NVOAD.org 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).    

October - National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a national public awareness campaign to ensure everyone has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. This year's theme is: The Internet is a shared resource, and securing it is "Our Shared Responsibility."  As such, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages home users, schools, businesses, hospitals, governments, etc. to be vigilant 365 days a year in order to protect their computers, children, and data.

Though technology brings many conveniences (e.g. shopping and banking online, connecting with family and friends, turning on air conditioning, monitoring home security system while away) to our lives, it also requires that we share more information than ever. Here are three simple steps to take to secure the devices that hold your valuable personal information.

  • Keep a clean machine.  Like your smartphone or PC, keep any device that connects to the Internet free from viruses and malware. Update the software regularly on the device itself as well as update the apps you use to control the device.
  • Think twice about your device.  Have a solid understanding of how a device works, the nature of its connection to the Internet, and the type of information it stores and transmits before even purchasing or using the device.
  • Secure your network and devices. Properly secure the wireless network and devices using strong passwords (e.g. numbers, letters, symbols) and enabling multi-factor authentication. 

Become a Champion of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month to show your support. Learn more on how you can get involved by visiting StaySafeOnline.org

For additional tips, please view the resources below:

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.

 

    Contact Us

    Bill Babyar

    Director:
    William Babyar

    Business Phone: 
    630-682-7925

    Emergency Phone:
    630-682-7207

    Address:
    418 N. County Farm Road
    Wheaton, IL 60187

    Email:
    oem@dupageco.org

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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.