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Information about COVID-19 can be accessed at the links below, by calling the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127, or our local Benton-Franklin Health District at 509-460-4200.

Novel Coronavirus Benton-Franklin Health District – Benton-Franklin County Health District

WWW.CORONAVIRUS.WA.GOV  2020 Washington State Coronavirus Updates 

2019 Novel Coronavirus – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State and local health officials continue to advise businesses and school districts to take the same preventative measures they normally would to prevent the spread of viruses during the regular cold and flu season. Common preventative measures recommended for employees, students and staff include:

  • Staying home when they are sick and/or running a fever.
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Advising persons to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
  • Urging family, friends, co-workers, students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.
  • Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional hand washing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • In addition, have your custodial and maintenance programs continue to emphasize and implement best practices in cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing methods.

The Nuclear Plant survey for evacuation data needed from Benton County residents.  
Please click here or use the QR Code below to take the 10 Mile EPZ Resident Survey.

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Hanford Site Neighbors Calendar
To view the 2021 Hanford Site Neighbors Calendar, please click here.

About Benton County Emergency Services

Benton County Emergency Services is made up of two divisions:  the Southeast Communications Center (SECOMM) and Benton County Emergency Management (BCEM).  SECOMM and BCEM work together to assist emergency responders and promote community safety.
SECOMM is the 9-1-1 dispatch center for Kennewick Police and Fire, Richland Police and Fire, West Richland Police, Pasco Police and Fire, Connell Police and Fire, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Prosser Police, Port of Pasco Police and Benton County Fire Protection Districts 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6, West Benton Fire District (Prosser), Franklin County Fire Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Walla Walla Fire District #5, and Franklin County Public Hospital District #1.  Dispatchers at SECOMM answer all 9-1-1 calls throughout Benton and Franklin County.
BCEM works to minimize the impact of disasters on the people, property, economy and environment of Benton County, through comprehensive disaster planning, preparedness education, training and resource coordination.  In addition to hazards such as wildfires and floods, BCEM plans and prepares for emergencies at the Hanford site and the Columbia Generating Station.


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