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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Calls to set up damage assessments not from Emergency Management Office

The Barry County Office of Emergency Management is asking residents and flood victims to be wary of calls from local numbers asking to set up appointments to assess storm damage.

David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management director, said calls from a Shell Knob prefix have been coming in to flood victims, and those calls are not from his office or any other state or federal emergency management agency.

"County, state and federal emergency management officials will not contact individuals to request to do damage assessment," Compton said. "Officials conducting damage assessment, which is underway, will do so in person and will have official county, state or federal identification."

Compton said if there are questions regarding these individuals, people may contact the Barry County Office of Emergency Management at 417-737-1142.

Compton said there has not been a federally declared disaster, and only after a declaration will Federal Emergency Management Agency officials schedule time to meet with individuals. Only after an individual has requested assistance will the county or an non-governmental organization follow up with individuals to assess needs.

"There is never a charge for [county, state, federal or non-profit organization] assistance," Compton said. "If residents are asked to pay for 'disaster' services or are asked to provide personal information, they should contact the Barry County Sheriff’s Office or local law enforcement immediately."

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