Dozens of tornadoes ripped through the
"We knew a storm was coming but we didn’t know a tornado was coming," said Cheryl Moore is one of many people who weren’t properly prepared for severe weather before it struck. She and her husband were sitting outside when it touched down right in front of them.
"This big wind came through and it was bending our front tree. My husband said to get in the house," said
What Cheryl witnessed was one of two EF-2 tornadoes that ripped through the city of
National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is created to raise awareness of ways to prepare for situations like this.
"You can’t say that you're ever completely prepared, I think we handled it well," said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. He says the city used multiple resources to alert residents of the danger ahead. Moving forward, he plans to introduce even more safety tools. He says all the current systems they had in place, contributed to the reason serious injuries were not reported.
"Nothing life threatening so when you look at it from that aspect we were somewhat prepared," said Goodnight.
Development Specialist David Tharp for the city agrees they had all the right tools in place.
"Folks knew that it was coming, they watched the forecast, staying on top of the weather, listened to the weather radio and looked at social media."
But these are all things
"I’m prepared now, I know what to expect this time. I know what to look for," said
Tornado season starts in March and activity could start as soon as temperatures begin to warm up.