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 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

August - Fire Safety

Debris burning is the number one cause of fires started by humans. Never burn without a permit or on a windy day. Work through the correct department that has juris
diction over the type of burning you want to do. Consider alternatives to burning, such as chipping or recycling.

Protect Your Home from Wildfire
• Create a 30-foot non-combustible defensible space around your home. Stack firewood away from the home.
• Trim branches along driveways so that they are 14 feet off the ground, 14 feet from other surfaces and 10 feet from the roof and power lines.
• Use non-combustible roofing materials. Keep gutters free from debris and screen vents under eaves and decks.
• Keep yards watered and mowed. Plant low growing, less flammable plants near homes.
• Post your address in a location that is visible from all directions for at least 150 feet.

Prevent House Fires and Plan for Escape
• Never use water to put out a grease fire. Use baking soda, smother with a tight lid, or use an approved fire extinguisher.
• Install smoke alarms on the ceiling of every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
• Test smoke alarm batteries monthly. Replace the smoke alarm every 10 years.
• Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and only use on small fires.
• Create a Home Escape Plan including at least two routes from each room and a safe meeting place. Remember to practice this plan with your family

2014 Emergency Preparedness calendar.






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