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Thousands stay in emergency shelters Thursday after Kokomo tornadoes

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – More than 50 American Red Cross volunteers are helping the thousands of people who lost everything they own from the tornadoes that hit Howard, Montgomery, Allen, Wabash and Miami counties on Wednesday.

The Red Cross has one shelter in Kokomo located at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center at 1500 North Reed Road.

“The situation in Kokomo remains significant,” said Duchess Adjei, regional communication director for the American Red Cross. “People need help right now. And our help is just beginning. We will be there to help people recover in the weeks and months to come. We ask people to please consider making a financial donation to the Red Cross today to support the people of Kokomo.”

Thursday night the following happened:

  • More than 540 meals and 1,080 snacks were delivered
  • Three ambulances were sent to the area
  • 4,700 people stayed in emergency shelters
  • The Red Cross handled more than 100 calls from people seeking information and help

If you are interested in helping people by donating visit or call 317-684-1441.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer visit to learn about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

You can download the free Red Cross Emergency App in case a disaster happens in your community. You can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to communicate with loved ones. Go to the App Store and search for “American Red Cross” or by going to