LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shelter should be open

Published 7:10 pm Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor,

This letter is concerning the community storm shelters recently built by the Chilton County Emergency Management Agency. On Monday morning around 4:50 a.m., my family and I arrived at the locked Union Grove community storm shelter.

We sat at the locked storm shelter until 5:20 a.m. I am frustrated by this because whoever is responsible for unlocking these shelters needs to be more aware of weather warnings and also arrive to get these shelters unlocked for the community a lot quicker!

During a tornado warning, every minute counts, and I waited 30 minutes before I could get in. I hope a better plan is put into place to get it unlocked quicker. A locked storm shelter during a tornado warning does not benefit anyone in the community.

Crystal Martin, Jemison