Benton County, Oregon

Making Benton County a Better Place to Live
Printed on Apr 26, 2015 @ 1:56 PM

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 nine specialty units which are:

  • 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
  • Sky SAR
  • 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

MARCH - Technology

Computers, tablets, smart phones, and social media make connecting with friends and family easier than ever before.

Use these tools safely and appropriately.

Technology during a disaster
• Communicating with family and friends will be a high priority in a disaster, but circumstances may impact your ability to reach them.
• Don’t call others if it’s not an emergency. Staying off the phone can save a life by allowing 911 calls to go through.
• If phone lines are overloaded, texting may still work.
• Make sure you have alternate ways to contact people you need to communicate with.

Cyber Security
• Secure all of your internet devices including computer, tablets and smart phones with a password; and change it regularly.
• On your computer, use security software and keep it up-to-date. Be skeptical – if a web page or e-mail seems suspicious, don’t click!
• Smart Phones: Install phone apps only from reputable sources.
• Social media: Limit the amount of personal info you share and check your privacy settings.
• Shopping: Check your credit and debit card statements frequently and report any suspicious charges quickly.
• Coffee Shops: Open Wi-Fi networks can expose your credentials and password to anyone within Wi-Fi range. Consider paying your cellular provided for the ability to create a “tethered” connection through your phone to protect your communications.

2015 Emergency Preparedness calendar.


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