Calling upon their experience in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, officers with the Rockport Police Department (RPD) will provide much needed equipment and supplies to their counterparts in areas affected by Hurricane Laura.

Working with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and their colleagues in Louisiana, the RPD has identified several smaller communities that may be overlooked in the rush to deliver supplies.

“We saw a lot of wonderful folks from around the country open up their hearts to Rockport with an outpouring of supplies,” noted RPD Patrol Commander Larry Sinclair. “As much as we appreciated their intentions, we weren’t equipped, nor was the area ready, to receive unexpected truckloads of items.

“From our experiences following Hurricane Harvey, we know exactly what is needed by first responders to carry out their jobs, and to pass on the remaining supplies to the community.

“We also know there are smaller communities, like Refugio three years ago, that don’t receive recovery supplies right away because attention is focused on larger or direct-hit cities.”

The RPD is asking for specific items that will be needed as the first responders carry out their recovery efforts:

• Cleaning supplies such as bleach, antibacterial wipes, mops, brooms, buckets

• Sanitary supplies (baby wipes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo)

• Tools (crowbars, sledgehammers, shovels, chainsaws and other power tools)

• Masks

• Insect repellant

• Sunscreen

• 110-volt AC units

• Generators

• Gas cans

• Extension cords

• Work gloves

These items may be dropped off at the Public Safety Center, located at 714 E. Concho, and will be stored in outbuildings at the Rockport Service Center. Once a date has been confirmed, the cargo will be loaded and will travel in a caravan to the affected area with police escort.

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