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.
We are proud to announce a new feature we've added to our ProtectDuPage website for our visitors who do not use social media. On the left side of this page, if you select the link entitled "Social Media Feeds", you will be able to view what we post to our Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube sites. We hope you enjoy this new feature and find it to be of value.
March - Severe Weather Preparedness Month
During March, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is joining with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) to help residents prepare for severe weather.
One of the most important steps is to have a way to receive severe weather warnings 24 hours a day. A NOAA weather alert radio is a good tool for alerting you at home and at work when severe weather is approaching. Weather alert radios can provide the time you need to get to a safe place, even when you're sleeping.
Many cell phones now are capable of receiving Wireless Emergency Alerts, which will send you a tone alert and message when a severe weather warning has been issued for your current location. This is particularly helpful when you're traveling. Check your phone today to make sure it's set up to receive these alerts.
March is also a good time to practice your severe weather plans so that everyone in your home or office knows what to do when a severe weather warning is issued.
And don't forget to check your emergency supply kit to ensure it is fully stocked with a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food, flashlight, radio, first aid kit and more.
Additional tips on how to stay safe during severe weather are available in the Severe Weather Preparedness Guide developed by IEMA and the NWS.
The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is offering a free Basic Weather Spotter class to anyone interested in learning about severe storm and tornado spotting. Pre-registration is required in order to attend this free course. As such, please visit the training section to register for the Thursday, April 2 Basic Weather Spotter class.
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.