The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Protect DuPage 


Welcome to Protect DuPage

Protect DuPage is your source for official county-wide emergency alerts and information from the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM). This page is periodically updated to provide emergency information, as well as information pertaining to the current month’s emergency preparedness theme (please see below). 

In addition, connect with DuPage OHSEM by subscribing to the Protect DuPage Twitter feed, Facebook account and Nixle account.

Winter Season Information

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for DuPage County from Saturday evening through late Sunday night. There is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations. Continue to monitor the local forecasts via a NOAA Weather Radio and at

Warming Centers

View a map of warming centers or download a list of warming centers located in DuPage County. Please be sure to call a warming center before going to one, as some are only open during emergencies, such as large-scale power outages. 


Follow these tips to stay safe in cold weather: 

  • Dress appropriately before going outdoors. The air temperature does not have to be below freezing for someone to experience cold emergencies such as hypothermia and frostbite. Wind speed can create dangerously cold conditions even when the temperature is not that low.
  • Have a disaster supply kit ready. Your kit should include flashlights, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, food and water, first aid kit, medications, pet supplies, and other materials that can help you in the event of a power outage or if you are unable to leave your house.
  • Be sure to also have a vehicle emergency supply kit that contains food, blankets, and other materials that will help in case you get stranded 
  • Don’t forget family pets – bring them indoors. If that’s not possible, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they can get to unfrozen water.
  • Be patient - drive slow and leave plenty of room between vehicles
  • Please do not pass plow trucks on the right - stay far behind them

Please view this Winter Weather Preparedness Guide from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to learn more about how to be prepared for winter weather. 

2015 DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar

The 24th Annual DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Wheaton College (please note this is not a function of Wheaton College). For more information, please visit the weather seminar page

Resolve to be Ready in 2015

The emergency preparedness theme for January is Resolve to be Ready in 2015.  The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) joins the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to encourage residents to make preparedness a year-round activity for themselves and their families.

As many residents have seen in the past years, emergencies can happen at anytime and anywhere.  As such, take action now to become better prepared. To start, follow these steps:  

Additional resources, including brochures and checklists:

For more emergency preparedness information, please visit our emergency preparedness page.  

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.

Contact Us

James Joseph

James K. Joseph

Business Phone: 


Emergency Phone:

418 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187


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