Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8www.columbusequipment.com No city official ever expects their town to be hit by a tornado two times in three years. But in August 2016, officials in Kokomo, Indiana, found themselves dealing with just that situation. An EF3 tornado touched down and stayed on the ground for seven miles, damaging about 1,000 homes. Less than three years earlier, in November 2013, a tornado had followed a similar destructive path through Kokomo. Fortunately, there were no fatalities. Another bright spot was that “unlike the last time we were hit, we had some ideas on how to expedite recovery,” said Randy Morris, controller for the city of Kokomo. (At the time of the tornado, he was acting controller and also superintendent of parks.) “I remembered we had used Columbus Equipment Company as our go-to for the equipment necessary to expedite cleanup efforts.” Within 12 hours of the tornado, Morris had called Environmental Division salesman Jesse Garber, and within another 24 hours, Columbus Equipment Company had delivered a Morbark 3800XL Wood Hog, American Pride log splitter and Crambo 5000 shredder to the Kokomo cleanup site. Garber also coor- dinated with the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDoC), which provided resources—an excavator and manpower—to help with the cleanup. “That put the The City of Kokomo: PREPARATION CRITICAL IN Ohio’s Dependable Dealer Experience and necessity are undisputed mothers of invention. Unfortunately, the City of Kokomo has repeatedly endured both in terms of tornado disaster response and relief. The silver lining: A refined plan with boots and Morbark 3800XL Wood Hog horsepower on the ground in record time. “That put the city at least four days ahead of where we were the last time.” Randy Morris; Controller, City of Kokomo Indiana Department of Corrections Maintenance Foreman— and Mike Breece colleague—Melvin Gay assists in the effort.