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 and Irma Information
It is important to know where to find trusted information regarding Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. As such, for the latest information visit the below websites and follow USAGov and FEMA on Twitter.
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).
September - National Preparedness Month
With September as the National Preparedness Month, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) joins several organizations - national, regional, and local public and private organizations - encouraging you to plan now for emergencies. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
Planning and being prepared for emergencies doesn’t have to cost a lot. Taking small steps toward preparedness now can make a huge difference when a disaster strikes. Here are some steps you can take now:
- Make a Plan –Work with your family to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Create a safety profile on Smart911.
- Get a Kit - Have food, water, medications for you and your families to last at least three days. Shop at sales and buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, until your emergency supply kit is complete. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from family and friends.
- Be Informed - Learn ways to receive information from official sources (e.g. NOAA Weather Radio - Fact Sheet) and other ways a municipality may communicate with you. Connect with us by following the Protect DuPage Twitter feed and Facebook account.
- Get Involved - Volunteer your time and/or donate to reputable disaster relief organizations (e.g. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, Citizen Corps Council). Many times making monetary donations enables such organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it is needed, and to procure supplies near the affected area, which support local economies.
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,
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