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.
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
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
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:
resources, including brochures and checklists:
For more emergency preparedness
information, please visit our emergency preparedness page.
Winter Season 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.
- 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
- Please do not pass plow trucks on the right - stay far behind
Please view this Winter Weather Preparedness Guide from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to learn more about how to be prepared for winter weather.
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.