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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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June - Pet Preparedness Month
Our preparedness theme this month is Pet Preparedness. Pets are valued members of our families. We encourage you to include your pets in your family's emergency plans. An emergency may require anything from a brief displacement from your home to a long term evacuation.
Different types of disasters can require different measures to keep you, your family, and your pets safe. The best thing you can do for your family is to be prepared. Assembling an emergency supply kit for people AND animals is the first step. Next, develop a pet care buddy system. These two simple actions will help you be prepared for an unexpected crisis event or emergency. Whether you need to shelter in place in your home during an emergency or if you evacuate to a safer location, the event will go much more smoothly if you plan in advance for your pets. Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation (not all shelters accept pets).
Additional information on how to include your pets in your family's emergency plan is available in this checklist from the American Red Cross and in the Saving the Whole Family Guide from the American Veterinarian Medical Association.
Severe Weather Season
Severe weather can happen at anytime. 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. Always have your
NOAA weather radio available and in working order. Watch the below videos 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
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.