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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Protect DuPage 

 

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 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.

Alerts, Updates, and Information from Twitter @ProtectDuPage

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. Psychologists 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.

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 ProtectDuPage.org.



Contact Us

Bill Babyar

Director:
William Babyar

Business Phone: 
630-682-7925

Emergency Phone:
630-682-7207

Address:
418 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Email:
oem@dupageco.org

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Smart911

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Click on the green Smart911 button to register now. The Emergency Telephone System Board of DuPage County offers a free and confidential service to help first responders when you call 911. Completing a profile will provide first responders with important information to help you when you call 911. The information  can include photos of your children, special  needs and medical information, current location. This service is appropriate for Premise Alert Program users. You can even register your pets. For more information about Smart911, click Register for Smart911.