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Kokomo FD to open fire houses as shelter
Updated: May 26, 2014 7:37 PM EDT
By David MacAnally
KOKOMO, Ind. - The tornadoes that hit Kokomo last fall still have folks
"Scared to death," says Ramona Reece. "I don't really have a place to
go for my safety as well as my husband. Especially if I have my
When the twister hit Kokomo last fall, Ramona and her family "didn't
know what to do, where to go to."
To help residents like Ramona, the Kokomo Fire Department has a new
plan that will let them leave their mobile homes there and go down
Apperson to Station 3 - or any city fire station - and take shelter
there anytime the National Weather Service sounds a tornado watch or
"Me and my husband will be wanting to go down and use it," says Ramona.
Kokomo decided against tornado sirens and moved to weather radios. The
first radios failed many residents. They have been replaced with more
reliable ones. The county now also sends text and phone alerts to
residents. Opening firehouses is the newest safety effort.
"There's no place out here you can really go to except the grocery
store across there. If it's open," says Bill Smith who understands the
risks in mobile homes during tornadoes.
So even though one Kokomo firehouse was damaged in last November's
twisters, the Army veteran said he will head to the fire station next