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Kokomo opens up fire stations as tornado shelters
By Daniel Miller
Updated: Monday, May 26, 2014, 10:24 pm
Published: Monday, May 26, 2014, 2:15 pm
KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — Some people in Kokomo now have a place to seek
shelter in the event of a tornado or severe weather.
All six of the city’s fire stations will serve as storm shelters to
anyone who lives in mobile home parks. City leaders made the change
after hearing concerns about mobile home safety.
“It was pretty scary,” said Darrin Griffith of Kokomo.
Six months after a tornado hit the city of Kokomo, you can still see
signs of the damage it left behind to some homes and businesses.
“Just thinking back it’s pure relief knowing that you made it out in
one piece and you didn’t get hit,” said Christina Bordner of Kokomo.
The tornado hit Kokomo Nov. 17.
“I was in bed at the time and my wife had to come down and get me and
it was blowing pretty hard,” Nickolas Campbell said.
Griffith and his wife were in their mobile home, but took shelter in a
“Tornado warnings, the sirens went off here and we didn’t know where we
could go because we have my wife and I and our cats and everything,” he
But now mobile home residents in Kokomo have a secure place to go
during severe weather. The Kokomo Fire Department has opened all six of
it’s fire stations. Each one, including Fire Station No. 2, will serve
as temporary storm shelters.
“I think it’s a fabulous idea,” said Frank White of Kokomo.
The shelters will serve anyone who lives in the city’s mobile home
parks like White and his wife. They also manage the Sun-Way-East Mobile
On Saturday they received a letter about the storm shelter’s opening up
from the city of Kokomo.
“Knowing that we’ve got a place that’d be safe because mobile homes are
not safe,” White said.
Christina Bordner lives in the Maple Run Mobile Home park. She said she
hopes she doesn’t see another tornado, but in the event another one
threatens Kokomo, she said there’s comfort knowing she and her family
will be safe.
“I have two kids and no family here and nobody that we can rely on to
be able to go to their homes and ask them to take us in,” she said.
White said he plans to make copies of the letter and give them to the
residents who lives in his community.
If you’d like to see the addresses of the stations click here.