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). 

As many residents have seen in the past years, emergencies can happen at anytime and anywhere. As such, take action now by following these simple steps: 

  • Get a Kit – Assemble a kit of supplies such as food, water, medications, etc. to last you and your family at least three days.
     
  • Make a Plan – Engage your family, including family members with access and functional needs, in making an emergency plan to find out who to call, where to meet, and what to pack in an emergency supply kit. Be sure to also include pets in the plan.
     
  • Be Informed – Learn ways to receive emergency alerts via a NOAA Weather Radio and other ways a municipality may communicate with its residents. Connect with DuPage OHSEM by subscribing to the Protect DuPage Twitter feed, Facebook account and Nixle account.
     
  • Get Involved – Join a Citizen Corps Council and other community organizations to support community preparedness.  

For more emergency preparedness tips and resources, please visit the emergency preparedness section of ProtectDuPage.org

Heat Safety

July is Heat Safety Month in Illinois and the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) encourages residents to be prepared for heat-related emergencies. Heat-related emergencies include heat cramps, heat stroke and heat exhaustion. These occur when the body’s temperature-control system is overloaded. Some conditions that limit the body’s ability to regulate temperature are age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and drug and alcohol use. Among those at highest risk for a heat-related emergency are:

  • Infants and children up to 4 years old
  • People 65 and older.
  • People who over-exert during work or exercise.
  • People who are ill or on certain medications.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid heat-related emergencies: 

  • Monitor local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
  • Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you spend time – home, work and school – and prepare for the possibility of power outages.
  • Check the contents of your emergency supply kit in case of a power outage.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls). A list of cooling sites or a map of cooling sites in DuPage County (please be sure to call the location to ensure it is open).
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Help your body sweat and cool down by staying well hydrated with fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Ensure that your animal’s needs for water and shade are met.

 Please view below additional tips and resources regarding heat safety: