Personal Preparedness


Prepare Yourself & Your Family

 The likelihood that you and your family will survive a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy, as on a well-trained fire department. The same is true for surviving any other emergency. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes good sense. 

Get a Kit

 Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. While there are many things that might make you more comfortable, think first about fresh water, food and clean air. 

Make a Plan

 Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. 

Some family members may have special needs. Lessons learned from past disasters indicate that when families and state emergency management offices are prepared to address the needs of people with disabilities, such as people with dementia, the impact of a disaster can be diminished.

Emergency Notification Systems

 Linn-Benton Alert is an emergency notification system that calls or messages residents to warn of impending or occurring emergencies and provides critical safety instructions when they are needed most. The system is address-based. It will send alerts to landline telephones (or the device of your choosing) in the zip code or neighborhood of areas affected by the emergency. If you receive a call, you will hear a computer-generated message, but please do not hang up. Instead, listen to the message in its entirety for important information. 


By signing up for Linn-Benton Alert, you can also choose to have alerts sent to your cell phone, other phones or TTY devices, or receive text messages or emails. When you sign up, please make sure the address you input is accurate. The system maps to your physical address (no PO Boxes) so please carefully enter your complete street address and correct zip code.

Once you sign up, you can manage your profile, making changes to your contact choices to ensure the system has your most up-to-date information.

 Corvallis Alert is the notification system used by Corvallis public safety agencies to communicate with the public during an emergency. Corvallis Alert allows anyone in the Corvallis community to register to receive emergency alerts via text SMS, email, or telephone call.  The fastest way to sign up for Corvallis Nixle is to simply text CORVALLIS to 888777.


These systems will be used for a variety of large-scale incidents affecting the Benton and Linn County areas, including:

  • Natural disasters, including an earthquake, flood, or wildfire
  • Structural fire
  • Law enforcement activity
  • Evacuation notice
  • Road closures or traffic hazards

Prepare Your Home

 There are steps you can take to minimize the damage to your home caused by natural disasters. Take action now—before the next disaster—to reduce human and financial consequences later. 

Protect Your Financial Well-Being

​​In the event of a disaster your first priority will be to protect your own life and health - and your family's. Disasters can destroy jobs and incomes as well as life and property. Think about steps you can take now to plan now to maintain your financial well-being while recovering from a disaster.