Benton County, Oregon

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Printed on Jan 31, 2015 @ 11:05 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


Landslides may move at avalanche speeds, rapidly enveloping or crushing anything in their path (trees, boulders, people, cars, houses, etc.). Conversely, land may creep along, moving fractions of inches per year.
• Steep slopes, saturated and weakened by water pressure or erosion, may give way to gravity.
• Rain, snow, broken water pipes or overflowing drainage may be contributing factors.
• Rivers and ocean surf may undercut banks.
• Wildfires kill vegetation that absorbs water and holds earth in place.

What you can do:
• Learn about landslide risks in your area by contacting your local emergency management office or looking at your local Hazard Mitigation Plan.
• Be sure to clear storm drains so water doesn’t pool and weaken the surroundings.
• Plant or nurture vegetation to decrease runoff, while avoiding risks of fire with foliage too close to buildings.

Watch for:
• Progressively leaning trees or fences.
• Cracks that slowly widen in the ground, pavement, sidewalks, roads or driveways.
• Outside walls, sidewalks or stairs that pull away from the building.
• Bulging ground at the base of a slope.
• Water pooling where it shouldn’t.
• Fallen rocks, collapsed pavement, or debris flow along steep slopes.
• Unusual sounds or rumbling that may signal moving boulders, trees, or other dangerous conditions.

2015 Emergency Preparedness calendar.


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