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

December - Health Preparedness

Medical Emergencies
A medical emergency is any condition that, if left untreated, may cause severe harm. Getting immediate help can mean the difference between a relatively simple cure or treatment, and a more complicated and costly intervention.

Be Prepared
Always keep extra medications, prescriptions and medical information in an emergency supply and “go” kits. During a disaster, you may have to wait days to access medications. Have 7 day supply of extra medications and copies of your medical information. Ask your doctor for this extra supply, and obtain refills a week or two before running out.

Do You Have the Flu?
“The flu” or influenza is a respiratory (lung) infection that usually spreads throughout the community during the winter or spring. This is not the same illness as “stomach flu.” Normal symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.

Seek emergency care when symptoms are extreme such as:
• Confusion or can’t be woken up.
• Difficulty breathing.
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
• Blue lips or skin rash.
• Problems drinking or keeping liquids down.
• Fever in an infant under three months old.
• Excessive irritability in children.

Flu Prevention
• Wash hands frequently, particularly before preparing food, eating and after using the bathroom.
• Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow rather than into hands.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Get vaccinated for the flu.
• Learn more at and

2015 Emergency Preparedness calendar.


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