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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 Twitter feed (see below), Facebook account and YouTube account. If you do not use social media, we created the "Social Media Feeds" page for you, located on the left side of this page, to stay informed. We hope you enjoy these features and find it of value.
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School and Campus Preparedness
August is School and Campus Preparedness Month in Illinois, and the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages parents to take a few moments to learn some important tips so their kids can stay safe during the upcoming school year:
- Talk to your children's school officials and learn about the school's emergency plan.
- Learn about the school's plan regarding early dismissal if severe weather or some other type of emergency were to occur during the school day.
- Ensure that the school has your current contact information (work#, mobile phone#, etc.), in case an emergency occurs and school officials need to contact you.
- If your children arrive home from school while you're at work, be sure they know a trusted friend or neighbor they can call if they need help.
- Take an active role in school emergency planning. Ask school officials if you can serve on the school's safety committee so you can provide input from a parent's perspective
- Talk to your children about the types of emergencies that may occur while they're at school.
- Many parents shy away from doing this, with the thought that talking to kids about emergencies will only serve to scare their children.
- Psychologists, however, state that children are often more scared of the "unknown" (situations and emergencies that are not talked about), and that providing kids with accurate, factual information is more likely to cause the children to respond appropriately if an emergency does occur while they are at school.
- Check immunization records to ensure your kids are up to date on shots.
For additional tips, please view the resources below.
The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) encourages residents to be prepared for heat-related emergencies. Heat-related emergencies include heat cramps, heat stroke and heat exhaustion. These occur when the body's temperature-control system is overloaded. Some conditions that limit the body's ability to regulate temperature are age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and drug and alcohol use. Among those at highest risk for a heat-related emergency are:
- Infants and children up to 4 years old People 65 and older.
- People who over-exert during work or exercise.
- People who are ill or on certain medications.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid heat-related emergencies:
- Monitor local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
- Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you spend time - home, work and school - and prepare for the possibility of power outages.
- Check the contents of your emergency supply kit in case of a power outage. If you don't have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls). A list of cooling sites in DuPage County (please be sure to call the location to ensure it is open).
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays.
- Help your body sweat and cool down by staying well hydrated with fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Ensure that your animal's needs for water and shade are met.
Please view below additional tips and resources regarding heat safety:
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 interview 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 ProtectDuPage.org.
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.