Kokomo, Howard County and United Way of Howard County announce cleanup plan for next seven days

City of Kokomo and Howard County officials are coordinating with United Way of Howard County to assist residents with ongoing cleanup efforts and have developed a seven-day plan to coordinate volunteers, equipment, resources and work crews from other Indiana cities. 

“Since last Wednesday, there has been a tremendous level of volunteer engagement from local residents, individuals from other counties and states and mayors from Indiana cities. Many Hoosier cities have donated their work crews and heavy equipment to help clean up tons of debris,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “We would not be as far in the cleanup process without them.”

Saturday is the key day for volunteers, according to Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman.

“As a community we couldn’t be more grateful for the thousands of volunteers who have worked so hard,” said Wyman. “But I want to stress how important this Saturday is as we move forward. It will be the biggest day yet and keeps us on track for a successful recovery.”The United Way of Howard County remains the coordinating agency for volunteers and President Abbie Smith said this weekend’s volunteer turnout is vital.

“We have been overwhelmed and inspired by the amount of volunteers who are helping clean up and rebuild our community,” said Smith. “The city and county crews have been great working with citizens who are stepping up to help. We are hoping to get a lot of people giving a few hours this weekend to make a big difference. Thank you to everyone who has already helped.”

To Volunteer through the United Way

Anyone who would like to volunteer anytime during the upcoming days is asked to register at unitedwayhoco.org/community/volunteer-kokomostrong and meet at Inventrek, 700 E. Firmin, SE corner of parking lot starting at 8 a.m., for assignments. Each volunteer will complete a short training session, fill out a waiver and be handed a volunteer assignment coordinated by the City of Kokomo or Howard County. PLEASE BRING A RAKE OR SHOVEL. Wear clothes you can get dirty.

There will be no formal volunteer coordination on Sunday, September 4 or Monday, September 5. Individual cleanups will continue, however. Please continue to reach out or check in with friends or neighbors who have been affected by storm damage.

If you volunteer for cleanup on Saturday, please keep in mind the following:

  1. Absolutely do not enter private property without permission of the resident.
  2. Please separate piles collected from storm damage into debris/trash and limbs/green waste.
  3. Please keep piles clear of obstacles (vehicles) by three feet to enable City and County equipment easy access to pick up items.

The Tornado Recovery Warehouse operated by the Kokomo Rescue Mission will be delivering food and essentials to tornado affected neighbors Saturday, September 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, September 6

On Tuesday, Street Commissioner Joe Ewing will be coordinating efforts with crews from other cities to continue the cleanup process.

Wednesday, September 7

The last day that Indiana Department of Corrections wood chippers will be in use at the GM parking lot.