CAMDENTON, Mo — 911 dispatch centers are already gearing up for a busy time of year on the water. The Camden County dispatch center has implemented new technology for this summer, but is asking for boaters to do their part as well.
The smartphone app,RaftUp, could save your life by sending your exact location to first responders
“It’s just a big area, and in the summertime you really have to get along with your neighbors,” explained Linda Clemons, Assistant 911 Director for Camden County.
She’s been dispatching to the more than 1,300 miles within the Lake of the Ozarks for more than 19 years.
“We have a lot of people call and say that ‘I am at the Lake of the Ozarks’,” said Lt. Arlyne Page, with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Lake of the Ozarks is quite vast and it covers a lot of property. If we can get them to utilize this program/ app while they are on the lake, it will greatly help us get them aid.”
After downloading the app on your smart phone, you’ll need to allow it to access your location. This is important, so don’t skip it.
Once you’re in, you can create an account and even input information like your boat model.
If and when your in trouble, holding down the life-preserver icon for 5 seconds will send help, without the guess work.