Benton County, Oregon

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Printed on May 26, 2015 @ 6:30 AM


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

JUNE - Animals in Disaster

Plan for Pets
• Take animals with you if you need to evacuate. Only as a last resort should animals be left behind.
• Many emergency shelters cannot accept animals. Find out which hotels/shelters allow animals before disaster strikes.
• If you have to leave your animals at home, keep them inside a secure area. Leave at least a 10-day supply of dry food and water. Put signs on windows and doors indicating the number and type of animals inside and your contact information.
• Keep your pets’ vaccinations and ID tags up to date.
• Be sure ID tags are on collars and consider a microchip.
• Prepare a pet emergency kit with leashes, collars, portable carriers, water, food, medications, sanitation materials, immunization records, first-aid kit, and photos to prove ownership.
• Don’t leave pets in vehicles, tethered, or crated without you.
• Your pet’s behavior may change after a crisis, becoming more aggressive or self-protective.

Plan for Livestock
• Post emergency contact numbers on barn and/or pasture fence.
• Have a supply of feed at a separate location.
• Involve family and neighbors in an evacuation plan.
• Make a kit with leads, halters, first aid, quieting hoods, water, photos and a copy of your ownership papers.

2015 Emergency Preparedness calendar.


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