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If the recent disasters that have impacted our state have taught us anything, it's that being prepared can make a big difference.

The USGS ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning System will be activated in Oregon on March 11, 2021, a date that coincides with the 10th anniversary of the magnitude 9.1 Great Tohoku, Japan earthquake.

ShakeAlert® uses technology to detect earthquakes quickly and sends a real time alert to people on compatible cell phones and other mobile devices through text-like messages, and through apps as they become available. These important alerts come automatically on most cell phones, making a distinctive sound, and displaying a text message that reads, “Earthquake Detected! Drop, Cover, Hold On. Protect Yourself."

Check that Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are turned on. Mobile phones that have WEAs turned on are able to receive ShakeAlert Messages starting March 11, 2021. While this setting may already be turned on in your settings on your mobile phone, please take the time to check.

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Apple iPhones:

  • Tap “Settings" > “Notifications"
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen.
  • Under “Government Alerts" tap “Emergency Alerts" and “Public Safety Alerts" to turn them on or off.
  • If emergency alerts are turned on, the circle will be on the right-hand side of the switch. No further action is needed.
  • If emergency alerts are turned off, the circle will be on the left-hand side of the switch. You will need to tap the switch to put it in the “on" position.
  • Please see a video demonstrating this on an iPhone

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Android Phones (the exact location of the options to turn on Emergency Alerts may vary):

  • We recommend that you use the search function in “Settings" to find “Emergency Alerts" or “public safety messages."
  • If you can't find “Emergency Alerts" by searching “settings" it may be within your Messaging app, instead.
  • Make sure all alerts are turned on (i.e. “Extreme threats", “Severe threats", and “Public safety messages"). If alerts are turned on, the circle will be on the right-hand side of the switch. No further action is needed.
  • If alerts are turned off, the circle will be on the left-hand side of the switch. You will need to tap the switch to put it in the “on" position
  • Please refer to your mobile phone carrier and/or mobile phone manufacturer's website for additional information.
  • In 2020, Google released an earthquake alert feature that is powered by ShakeAlert. This service is only available on wireless devices using the Android operating system.

City of Albany services

The City of Albany is maintaining continuity of operations while guarding the health and safety of our workforce and the public we serve.

Permits

541-917-7553 (Building)
541-917-7550 (Planning)

City utility payments

541-917-7547

Municipal Court

541-917-7740

Report an issue

541-917-7500

What's open?

  • City Hall (Municipal Court is operating normally, all other visitors by appointment only through 1/31/2021)
  • Fire Station 11
  • Libraries
  • Police Station
  • Public Works Operations Building
  • All playgrounds
  • Community Pool
  • Maple Lawn Preschool
  • Municipal Court (see details)
  • Parks, trails, and open spaces
  • Riverfront Community Center
  • Talking Water Gardens
  • The skate park, dog park, and Swanson Fitness Center

What's closed?

The following closures of public areas in these City facilities are in effect until further notice:

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Visit
coronavirus.oregon.gov 

for comprehensive, factual information about COVID-19.


Vaccine Information

Linn County Public Health

Linn County vaccine website

Other vaccine locations in Linn County

Call center:

1-855-441-2311

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call center is operated by Samaritan Health Services.

General questions about COVID-19 response from Linn County Public Health can be directed to 800-304-7468, option 3.

Benton County Health Department

Benton County COVID-19 vaccine webpage (English)
Página web de la vacuna COVID-19 del condado de Benton (español)

541-766-6120

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
English and Spanish; callers can also leave a voicemail for a return phone call.

Sign up for the Benton County vaccine distribution email list at:

Sign up for the Benton County vaccine distribution email list
Regístrese en la lista de correo electrónico de distribución de vacunas del condado de Benton 

Oregon Health Authority

Go to covidvaccine.oregon.gov and use the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool. It is designed to help you understand if you are eligible. You will want to register to get updates on vaccination opportunities. If you need help getting registered, ask someone to help or reach out to 211:

  • Text ORCOVID to 898211
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155

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Status of City services and facilities

Masks are welcome and available but no longer required indoors as of March 12, 2022.


211.org or dial 211

albany.recovers.org

Request help or sign up to donate and volunteer

Child care

Emergency child care for essential workers: Call 211; text “children” or “niños” to 898211; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; visit 211info.org/family

Apply for emergency related day care through the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Oregon Early Learning Division has provided resources for families and child care providers who may face virus-related disruptions.

Governor Kate Brown has expanded child care benefits for families and providers during the spread of COVID-19. Contact the Oregon Department of Human Services Direct Pay Unit with questions at 1-800-699-9074.

Housing assistance

Mortgage and Rent Relief are available to Albany households financially impacted by COVID-19.

Renters – go to the Community Services Consortium pre-screening page to get started or call 541-704-7646.

Home owners – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 541-704-7642.

Mental health for essential workers

Lines for Life has created a Virtual Wellness Room to offer support to helpers, mental health professionals, first responders, social workers and anyone considered an essential worker during the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon. Each check-in call will have a facilitator to guide the conversation.

Prescriptions

Albany Police Department is offering prescription delivery service to qualifying residents, evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Call 541-917-7680 for details or to request this service.

State Offers COVID-19 Mortgage Relief Program

The COVID-19 Mortgage Relief program is now open to assist Oregonians who have fallen behind on their mortgage during the pandemic. Income-qualified homeowners who came past due on their first-lien mortgage after January 1, 2020 and have experienced a financial hardship may qualify for assistance. Homeowners should visit www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/how-to-apply to learn whether they qualify and how to apply. The state also partners with trusted housing counseling agencies that can help with applications and assist with loan signing.

Other assistance

Comcast Internet Essentials offer (two free months of broadband service if qualified and apply before 12/31/2020)

United Way of Linn, Benton, Lincoln Counties

Albany is at risk of earthquake, but you can take steps to protect your family, home and its contents.

 

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