Personal Protective Equipment

There have been many requests / ideas / responses to calls for PPE donations for first responders & care facilities. If you have any items you can donate, it would be greatly appreciated at this time.  Please pass this on to friends and family. 

In working with the McHenry County Health Department, here is a list of what is needed:

N95 masks. Unopened and unused.
Gloves. Any type (does not need to specifically be Nitrile). Unopened and unused.
Surgical masks. Unopened and unused.
Hand Sanitizer. Unopened and unused.
Disinfecting wipes / sanitizing sprays. Unopened and unused.

These items should be donated to local Police Stations, Fire Stations, and long term care facilities.


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Stay at Home Order


The McHenry County Health Department

has information on the Coronavirus posted to their website:

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Resolve to be Ready in 2020 

  • Make an emergency plan: choose a safe place to meet, learn evacuation routes, and establish an out-of-town contact.

  • Take a current photo of you and your pet together in case you get separated during a disaster.

  • Get to know your neighbor and invite them to be a part of your emergency plan.

  • Snap photos of important documents and save them in a secure place or online.

  • Set up group text lists so you can communicate with friends and family during emergencies.

  • Take a class in CPR and first aid.

  • Keep and update emergency supplies; remember to include cash.

  • Have back-up power sources available to charge devices in case of a power outage.

  • Snap pictures of your property for insurance purposes.

  • Check your insurance for coverage on disasters like floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes.

  • Sign up for alerts and warnings. Download the FEMA app to get real-time alerts, safety tips, and locate open shelters.

  • Save for a rainy day! Start and grow your emergency fund.

  • Financially prepare for the New Year. Find out how with the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.

  • Spend within your means. Use a personal budgeting worksheet to help plan for holiday expenses and beyond.

  • Build up your savings. Put a small amount in your account the first of every month beginning January 1.  



McHenry County EMA APP

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Up your preparedness- add the app today! Available on Google Play and the App Store FREE.

The McHenry County EMA app is a tool that can be used to assist residents becoming more aware of potential hazards. App features include information on how to prepare before, during, and after certain types of disasters. The app also has Social Media Integration, customizable preparedness checklists, and the ability to notify EMA of personal property damage to name a few. This app is intended to provide you with everyday information about our office and the services we provide, as well as the ability to provide emergency notifications and information to your phone.


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Twitter & Facebook Integration
Local Weather Alerts
Road Conditions
Damage Reports
Emergency Information


**This app is not intended to replace your primary means of emergency notification




Are you Prepared?


McHenry County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind you that now is the perfect time to review your Family’s Emergency Plan and check the supplies in your Emergency Kit or to take some time and create these life-saving tools. We all know first-hand the impact severe weather can have, whether it is flooding, winter weather or heat advisory. No matter what the disaster is, there are simple preparedness steps that anyone can take to protect themselves and their loved ones in a time of need. To assist the community with this effort the Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (IL-IN-WI RCPT) has launched Gear Up, Get Ready campaign to encourage households to take key steps in family preparedness. This mission encompasses 19 counties and communities in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

By taking a few simple steps ahead of time, you and your family can be ready when disaster strikes:

  1. Make a Family Emergency Plan decide how you will reconnect with each other, list important information and phone numbers and discuss the plan with all members and post it in your home where visitors can view it.
  2. Gather supplies for an Emergency Kit and put them in one place to meet your family’s needs for three days. You may already have three days of food already within your home. Top five items include, water, non-perishable food, battery powered radio, flashlight & extra batteries and a first aid kit. Be sure to meet the specific needs of your family and pets.

Simple templates for Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Contact Cards as well as Emergency Kit checklists are available at


211 in McHenry County

The 211 service streamlines access to health and human services for McHenry County residents. When an individual needs information or referral services for which they have little or no prior knowledge or experience, dialing 211 is a simple option. Once the individual dials 211, they will be connected to a call center where they will speak to a professional information and referral specialist who will refer or connect the caller to the appropriate agency.

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