Benton County, Oregon

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Benton County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services

We are composed of two primary efforts


Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Office plans and directs emergency procedures to protect citizens from natural and human-caused disasters. We work on preparedness for emergencies including emergency response training and exercises and maintaining an Emergency Communications Center where response agencies coordinate actions and allocate resources in an emergency.

This office also develops plans concerning four major areas: response, mitigation, preparedness and recovery. Our goal is to limit Benton county’s exposure to emergencies and disasters while managing them when they do occur. Our office functions as an administrator and facilitator of the efforts in an emergency or disaster situation.

Search And Rescue (SAR)

SAR is a non-profit volunteer unit for the Benton County Sheriff's office. Currently there are approximately 110 volunteers. Volunteers are trained to search for and provide aid to people who are missing, lost, injured, or in imminent danger. The general field of search and rescue includes eight specialty units which are:

  • Air Wing  AVG
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Service
  • Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse
  • Corvallis Mountain Rescue
  • Crisis Support Team
  • Marys Peak Search & Rescue
  • Region 3 K9 SAR
  • Sheriff's Office SAR Team
  • Tracking Unit
  • Wilderness Response Team

Benton and Linn Counties have joined together to offer a new public safety service to its residents.  Linn-Benton Alert is a notification system that can call or message residents to warn them of impending or occurring emergencies as well as provide critical life-safety instructions when they are needed most. Read more..

Emergency Services Events/Training Calendar & Presentation Requests

April - Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Earthquake Preparation
• Anchor or secure heavy appliances and furniture such as water heaters, refrigerators and bookcases to wall studs.
• Move pictures, mirrors and glass objects away from beds.
• Learn how to turn off water, gas and electricity.
• Keep hard-soled shoes and a flashlight under bed.

Earthquake Response
• When the ground begins to shake, “DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON”
• If indoors, get under a sturdy table. If in bed, protect your head with a pillow.
• If outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings and trees and stay until the shaking stops.
• If in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location until shaking stops.
• If you smell gas, leave your home and notify the gas company.
• Only turn off gas as a last resort, if you can do so safely.
• Assume downed power lines are live and STAY AWAY.
• Use phones ONLY for life-threatening emergencies.

Tsunami Response
A tsunami is a sea wave caused by an underwater earthquake or landslide displacing the ocean water.
• When at the coast, know tsunami evacuation information. Look for and follow tsunami evacuation signs.
• Once the earthquake has stopped, head inland and to higher ground. Follow tsunami evacuation signs.
• Stay put and listen to the radio for directions.
• Do not return until the alert has been cancelled and emergency officials have advised it’s safe to return.


2014 Emergency Preparedness calendar.






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