Emergency Shelter

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

The year was 1938. Part of Morton was devestated by a tornado. Morton American Legion opened its doors to give aid and assistance to the community.

Fast forward to 2012. Morton American Legion Post 318 has signed an agreement with the American Red Cross. to permit the Red Cross to use the buildings, grounds and equipment for Mass Care Shelters required in the conduct of Red Cross Disaster Services activities.

Commander Bob Wertz stated that this is one step in what I hope will bring Morton American Legion Post 318 into the forefront of community involvement within the village of Morton. We have done a lot in this community but we have not done a very good job of letting others know what we do. By becoming an emergency shelter, our name will be out there and people will think of us in a new light."

Post Adjutant, Larry Stimeling, states that post 318 wants to be more involved in the community and this is one way we can let the community know that we are still serving our community.

16th District Community Service Chairman, John Hahn, stated that Post 318 is one of only a few posts in the Peoria area with such an agreement with the Red Cross. "I feel it is a good thing for the post to agree to open its doors in time of need by those in our community."

Red Cross representative  who inspected the American Legion facilities presented the post with a certificate in recognition of the post "....agreeing to provide facilities for emergency housing, feeding and sheltering of persons and families in our community affected by fire, flood, windstorm, tornado and other natural or human-caused disaster."