Delco police collect supplies for first responders ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Hadas Kuznits
September 04, 2019 - 4:45 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Delco residents may be far from the Carolinas, but many are doing whatever they can to help those who may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian

For some like Debbie Stackhouse, that means stopping by the Folcroft Borough Police Department to drop off hurricane relief supplies.

"We brought ramen noodles, water, Gatorade, socks, cheese crackers, peanut butter and jelly, Clorox wipes," she said. 

Chris Eiserman, vice president of the Delaware County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 27, said the supplies go toward first responders.

"They don’t help themselves," he said. "They’re too busy working."

The police union will be collecting items like water, snacks, socks and pillows through Monday. Once the national FOP dictates where help is needed, they’ll drive down to the impacted area.

"If we’re sleeping, we do have a travel trailer that we’re going to tow with us so that we are self-sufficient and we don’t become a burden on the first responders down there," Eiserman added. "Other than that, we don’t even know where we’re going yet. Once we get the word, then we’ll game-plan everything."

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George Killen drove from Wilmington to drop off cases of water, because he said "every little bit helps." He felt motivated to lend a hand after seeing news footage from the Bahamas.

"To see what looked like one of these movies where 'here comes the water' and there’s no place to go, and it’s tearing your world apart, it’s hard to look at," he said.

Meanwhile, Eiserman said they’re preparing the supply trailers. 

"We can help as many first responders as come to the trailer window," he continued. "If we need water down there, we’ll drive 100, 200 miles or more to do what we need to do to take care of these guys."

Eiserman expects to spend his weekend in the Carolinas, but at this point, they’re prepared for whatever happens.

"It may go off the coast to the west, which would be a blessing," he said. "But if it doesn’t, we’re ready for it."

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Editor's note: On Friday, the FOP determined it would send the donations to the Bahamas rather than first responders volunteering with relief efforts in the U.S. But with the change in Hurricane Dorian's direction, the damage within the U.S. was "far less than originally predicted." The donations will by sent via a Delaware County shipping company at no charge on Tuesday.