The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the County’s Emergency Management Program. Sheriff Bruce Riley is the Emergency Program Manager. He is assisted by Joe Larsen, the Emergency Management Coordinator, who coordinates planning, training and exercising for the county’s emergency preparedness, disaster response, disaster recovery and hazard mitigation. Linn County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is located at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in Albany. The EOC is activated when disasters occur which affect Linn County.
We know that an emergency or disaster can happen at any time. Floods, earthquakes, wind storms, forest fires, and a pandemic are all emergencies and disasters we need to be prepared for on a large scale.
Personal preparedness for disasters can significantly reduce the effect a large or small disaster can have on you or your family. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office has a preparedness outreach program to help citizens prepare for disasters. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office utilizes volunteers to support the county’s emergency preparedness and community disaster response activities.
The recently approved and adopted Linn County Emergency Operations Plan is now online!
How You Can Help
Below are some of the opportunities for citizens to be a part of this volunteer community service.
Volunteer HAM radio operators are available throughout Linn County to maintain communication and relay valuable information to emergency personnel. The Sheriff’s Office conducts training exercises to determine areas of planning that may need extra support and/or information to make sure events run smoothly in a real disaster/emergency.
National Citizen Corps programs are available to support community members, organizations, agencies, law enforcement, and emergency personnel. Citizen Corps programs include VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service), MRC (Medical Reserve Corps), Neighborhood Watch, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams). Visit the Citizen Corps website or contact the Sheriff’s Office for information about these volunteer programs.
Being self-reliant in a disaster or emergency will relieve some of the stress we all may experience and will take some of the load off emergency personnel. Visit www.ready.gov to see the recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit. You may wish to have additional items specific to your needs in your supply kit.