Tornado relief resources
WTHR.com has compiled the following resources if you had property damage from the Nov. 17th tornado outbreak in Indiana.
Report storm damage here. Your report will help the state apply for federal disaster aid.
If you'd like to offer help, sign up to volunteer with the Red Cross. If you want to help Kokomo tornado victims, they're in need of anyone able to do physical work (carrying branches, debris, etc). They also need anyone with a chainsaw. Call 765-452-5723.
You can also make a donation to help the Red Cross with relief efforts.
Make checks out to "Kokomo Disaster Relief at United Way of Howard County" at 210 W. Walnut St, Kokomo, IN 46902.
The old Kokomo Spring Factory at 500 E. Wheeler, will serve as a drop-off location for in-kind gifts. Suggested items are canned food, manual can –openers, plastic containers, zip lock baggies, diapers and wipes, formula shampoo and conditioner, bottled water, cleaning supplies, flashlights and batteries.
The County Recorder's Office will serve as a keepsake depository for pictures, official documents. As these documents are being found, please take them to the County Recorder's Office at 230 N. Main Street.
There are two places to volunteer: redcross.org. proceed to the volunteer section, there is no need to fill out the orientation section and choose the Indianapolis area and North Central Indiana, also Dial 2-1-1 or their alternative number 765/868-4133.
Disaster relief resources
Coping with disaster - The emotional toll that disaster brings can sometimes be even more devastating than the financial strains of damage and loss of home, business, or personal property. Click the link for tips on what to be mindful of.
At this point, Indiana's tornado-damaged communities have not been declared disaster areas. If and when that happens, these links may be useful to storm victims:
Disaster frequently asked questions - If you live in a disaster area declared by the President and need disaster help apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov and the screens will prompt you through the process. You may also register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (hearing/speech impaired ONLY-Call TTY: 1-800-462-7585).
From the Red Cross
The American Red Cross is responding across five states to help people affected by Sunday's devastating tornado outbreak and severe weather in the Midwest, providing food, shelter and comfort to families and individuals in need.
Twelve Red Cross shelters were open in the hardest hit states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Sunday night. Meanwhile, Red Cross workers also are helping people in Kentucky and Michigan whose homes were damaged from storms. As roads reopen, Red Cross emergency vehicles will hand out meals, snacks and relief supplies in affected communities. Emergency aid stations are also open in some areas where people can get food and snacks, mental health and health care services, and information about what help is available.
This has been a deadly and devastating storm, and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are available to help people cope with the aftermath. Health workers are also available to help people replace things like lost medications and eyeglasses.
Throughout affected communities, damage assessment teams are helping to determine the full scope of destruction left behind by the tornadoes while more workers, supplies and equipment are being mobilized in case they are needed. In the days ahead, Red Cross workers will work with families to make individual recovery plans, fill out paperwork, and connect them to other services to support recovery efforts. The Red Cross is also coordinating closely with government and community partners to provide help and support long term recovery efforts.
FOLLOW SAFETY STEPS The Red Cross reminds affected residents to return to their neighborhood only when officials say it is safe to do so. They should also:
- Stay out of damaged buildings. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy shoes.
- Avoid fallen power lines or broken gas lines - immediately report them to the utility companies.
- If someone smells gas or hears a hissing noise, they should open a window, get everyone out of the building immediately and call the gas company or fire department
- Use flashlights, not candles when examining buildings.
Generous donations from Red Cross members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program and Disaster Responders, which are made in advance of a specific disaster, support disaster preparedness and offset a range of expenses, including warehousing supplies, shelter and feeding costs, deploying the fleet of disaster response vehicles and reconnecting individuals separated during disasters.
HOW TO HELP People affected by severe weather and other disasters need help now. You can help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. You can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.