The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Protect DuPage 

 

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.

2015 DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar

The 24th Annual DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Wheaton College (please note this is not a function of Wheaton College). For more information, please visit the weather seminar page

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.  

Winter Weather Information

Warming Centers       

View a map of warming centers or download a list of warming centers located in DuPage County. Please be sure to call a warming center before going to one, as some are only open during emergencies, such as large-scale power outages. 

 ***RESIDENTS CAN ALSO CALL THEIR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO FIND OUT THE LOCATION OF A WARMING CENTER IN THEIR AREA*** 

Follow these tips to stay safe in cold weather: 

  • Dress appropriately before going outdoors. The air temperature does not have to be below freezing for someone to experience cold emergencies such as hypothermia and frostbite. Wind speed can create dangerously cold conditions even when the temperature is not that low.
  • Dress in layers so you can adjust to changing conditions. Avoid overdressing or overexertion that can lead to heat illness.
  • Most of your body heat is lost through your head so wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears
  • Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.
  • Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite by keeping your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
  • Get out of wet clothes immediately and warm the core body temperature with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol if you expect you or someone you are trying to help has hypothermia or frostbite.
  • Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia that can be a serious medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
  • Recognize frostbite warning signs: gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
  • Keep a winter emergency supply kit in your car. This should include blankets, food, flares, chains, gloves, sand, and first aid supplies.
  • Check on people who require special assistance, such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children
  • Don’t forget family pets – bring them indoors. If that’s not possible, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they can get to unfrozen water.
  • Have an emergency supply kit ready. Your kit should include flashlights, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, food and water, first aid kit, medications, pet supplies, and other materials

Please view this Winter Weather Preparedness Guide from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to learn more about how to be prepared for winter weather. 

Additional links and resources 

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.



Contact Us

Bill Babyar

Interim Director:
Bill 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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