We have been notified of a potential scam that we need to pass on to the public. Please share with everyone.
Unfortunately any time there is a disaster, the greed of scam artists is one of the grim results that adds to the devastation.
Barry County Emergency Management personnel have reported the following information:
There have been questions regarding residents receiving phone calls, with a Shell Knob prefix, asking to set up appointments to assess storm damage.
These calls are NOT from Barry County Office of Emergency Management! County, State, and Federal emergency management officials will NOT contact individuals to request to do damage assessment. Officials conducting damage assessment, which is underway, will do so in person and they will have Official County, State, or Federal identification. If there are questions regarding these individuals please contact the Barry County Office of Emergency Management at 417-737-1142. Please share this information with our community.
BOEM, SEMA, and FEMA do not call individuals to set up damage assessment.
There has NOT been a federally declared disaster
Only after a declaration will FEMA officials schedule time to meet with individuals.
Only after an individual has requested assistance will BOEM or an NGO follow up with individuals to assess needs.
There is NEVER a charge for BOEM, SEMA, FEMA, or an NGO’s assistance.
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.
Office of Emergency Management