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
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Facebook account and
YouTube account. If you do not use social media, we created
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find it of value.
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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.
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).
December's emergency preparedness topic in Illinois is Holiday Safety. The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management offers residents tips to help people stay safe now and into 2018. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. In addition, half of holiday decoration fires result from the decorations placed too close to a heat source. Review the following holiday safety tips:
Winter Weather Preparedness
The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages residents to take steps to be prepared for winter weather. A great way to start preparing is to review this How to Prepare for a Winter Storm guidebook from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Keep in mind that during severe winter weather, there is also an increased likelihood of power outages. Review this Power Outage Checklist from the American Red Cross. Additionally, view a list and map of heating sites (warming centers) in DuPage County. Please be sure to call a heating site before going to one, as some are only open during emergencies, such as large-scale power outages.
Click below to view the Winter Storm Safety video and Fire Safety video from FEMA.
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