Benton County, Oregon

Making Benton County a Better Place to Live
Printed on Aug 02, 2015 @ 3:24 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

JULY - Hot weather emergencies

• Heat cramps and exhaustion are signs your body is overheated and dehydrated.
• Heat stroke is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Symptoms include warm, flushed skin, absence of normal sweating, very high temperatures, delirium, unconsciousness or seizures. Seek medical attention immediately.
• Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.
• NEVER leave people or animals in cars or other enclosed spaces. Car temperatures can rise to deadly levels quickly.

Lightning Safety
• When possible, find shelter inside a building or fully enclosed vehicle.
• If lightning strikes while you’re outside, crouch down and place your hands over your ears. Keep a minimum of 15 feet from other people.
• If outdoors, avoid water, high ground, tall trees, open spaces, and metal objects.

Water Safety
• Tell someone where you are going, when you expect to return, and where to call if you don’t return on time.
• Know your limits as a swimmer.
• Rivers can run cold and swift in spring and early summer. Jumping into cold water can literally take your breath away!
• Wear a properly fitted personal flotation device. All children 12 and younger must wear a life vest when in a boat. Know all local boating laws.
• Wear sunscreen.

2015 Emergency Preparedness calendar.


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