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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM)

 

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.

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July - Heat Safety Month

July is Heat Safety Month in Illinois and 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). View a list and map 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 and 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 Preparedness

Severe weather in our area generally means severe thunderstorms. Now when you hear the words “severe thunderstorm” in the forecast, be ready for more than just heavy rain and lightning. Severe thunderstorms can also bring hail, strong wind gusts, flash floods, and tornadoes. These storms could also cause power outages. 

It’s important to be prepared and know what steps you will take when a disaster strikes.  

One of the most important steps is to have multiple ways to receive warnings and alerts (e.g. internet, local TV and radio, Wireless Emergency Alerts and weather apps, outdoor sirens, NOAA Weather Alert Radio, from family, friends and coworkers, FEMA App). Also, 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. 

Severe weather can happen at any time and anywhere. Practice your emergency plans regularly so that everyone in your home or office knows what to do when a severe weather warning is issued. Be aware of severe weather plans no matter where you travel (e.g. shopping centers, place of worship, schools, theater).

View the below resources 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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    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.