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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson 630-407-6015

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DuPage County Joins National Preparedness Month

DuPage County encourages residents to focus on simple, specific activities that increase emergency readiness as part of National Preparedness Month. Through its Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, DuPage County provides free information and assistance to individuals, municipalities and organizations planning for emergencies and disasters.

DuPage County Judicial and Public Safety Committee Chairman Grant Eckhoff emphasized the importance of a community approach to emergency preparedness.

“As residents of DuPage, we each play a role in ensuring our County’s ability to respond to disasters,” he said. “If we give individuals the tools they need, and break down the steps, we’ll have better compliance and a more disaster-resilient community. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to be prepared. Taking small steps toward preparedness now can make a huge difference in an emergency.”

Residents can join the efforts by following four steps:

Get a Kit – Have food, water, medications for you and your families to last at least three days. Shop at sales and buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, until your emergency supply kit is complete.
Make a Plan – Work with your family to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone understands where to go if you must evacuate your home.
Be Informed – Learn about ways to receive emergency alerts via NOAA Weather Radio or other methods each municipality may have to communicate with residents. Connect with DuPage County by subscribing to the Protect DuPage Twitter feed and Facebook account.
Get Involved – Once you and your family are prepared, volunteer your time to teach someone about preparedness or donate to emergency relief organizations.

In addition to emergency management training and support for municipal and township partners, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management also provides educational workshops for businesses, schools, civic organizations and others with the County.

For more information, including details on the above four steps, and to request a speaker, please visit