|Winter Weather Information|
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.
***RESIDENTS CAN ALSO CALL THEIR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS
TO FIND OUT THE LOCATION OF A WARMING CENTER IN THEIR AREA***
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.
- Dress in layers so you can adjust to changing conditions. Avoid
overdressing or overexertion that can lead to heat illness.
- Most of your body heat is lost through your head so wear a hat,
preferably one that covers your ears
- Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.
- Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or
frostbite by keeping your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice
- Get out of wet clothes immediately and warm the core body
temperature with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid
drinking caffeine or alcohol if you expect you or someone you are trying to
help has hypothermia or frostbite.
- Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia that can be a serious
medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Seek
medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
- Recognize frostbite warning signs: gray, white or yellow skin
discoloration, numbness, waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if
you have these symptoms.
- Keep a winter emergency supply kit in your car. This should
include blankets, food, flares, chains, gloves, sand, and first aid supplies.
- Check on people who require special assistance, such as elderly
people living alone, people with disabilities and children
- 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.
- Have an emergency 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
Please view this Winter Weather
Preparedness Guide from the Illinois Emergency Management
Agency to learn more about how to be prepared for winter weather.
Additional links and
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).
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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
February - Earthquake Preparedness Month
While the threat of an earthquake may not be the biggest
disaster we have to worry about in DuPage County, it is good to know what to do
if an earthquake were to occur, either here or somewhere else. As such, the DuPage County Office of Homeland
Security and Emergency Management encourages residents to be prepared for
Residents are encouraged to remember “Drop, Cover and Hold On” when they feel
the ground shaking. The phrase prompts people
to “Drop” down to the floor, take “Cover” under a sturdy desk, table or other
furniture, and “Hold On” to the furniture item and be prepared to move with it
until the shaking ends. To learn more about how to be prepared, please view the resources below:
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.