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.
April - 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 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 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.