County office aiding hurricane rescuers

Sunday, September 4, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:36 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 27, 2008

The Boone County Office of Emergency Management is relaying rescue information to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Since the disaster struck last week, the office has received more than 20 calls from local residents with information about hurricane victims in need of emergency rescue.

Disaster victims often contact relatives to tell them they need to be rescued from rising waters in flooded areas, and the relatives contact the Boone County office to pass on that information, said Jim McNabb, director of emergency management.

McNabb said he began receiving the majority of the calls in the two days after the hurricane and passed on the information to authorities in the disaster area. Two people have called back to tell the office the rescues were successful.

Although the number of calls has decreased each day, McNabb wants residents to know about the service.

To contact the Emergency Management Office, call 874-7400 or 874-7470 after hours or on weekends.

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