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Call to Action: Need Volunteers for Anti-Looter Security Operation in Sneads Ferry, NC


UPDATE 10-3-18: We are winding down our hurricane disaster relief operation in North Carolina, and we no longer need out of state volunteers. We have enough there to finish training and mentoring locals in their own neighborhood watch. 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help those devastated by Hurricane Florence, to the businesses who supported our efforts, and to everyone who donated to help make this operation a reality. We could still use additional donations to help reimburse our volunteers’ personal travel expenses. 

The email address will be manned for another week.

To prepare for any future disasters, please consider starting a Neighborhood Watch or similar group through your local police department. Oath Keepers’ CPT (Community Preparedness Teams) are an expanded version of the Neighborhood Watch concept.



ALERT!  We need volunteers to assist in a critical armed security operation against looters in the area around Sneads Ferry, NC (NON-OATH KEEPERS WELCOME).

This is an Oath Keepers lead operation, but you do not have to be an Oath Keepers member to volunteer for this mission.  Other patriotic groups and individuals are welcome to assist. You will, however, be carefully vetted.

Oath Keepers has been asked to provide armed security to protect a community that was devastated by Hurricane Florence, and since has been victimized by repeated, systemic looting, by organized looters who come across the flooded areas in boats to raid homes.   We are putting a stop to the looting, but we need your help.  If you can come to help in person, please do!  Start rolling now!  (see below for instructions and directions).

If you cannot come in person, then please donate to support those who can. This is a critical mission, squarely within our skillset, and something that we can do better than anyone else.  Please help support this operation.



We have been formally invited in by the community leadership, with full support of the community, and with full support of the local Sheriff, to do this armed security operation. The goal is to preserve life. We know, from experience, that looters who will raid unoccupied homes will then become emboldened and will start to conduct home invasions. We will nip this in the bud before they get to that point. From our experience, our presence alone usually serves as an effective deterrence.

We are operating under the rule of law, and will be complying with all North Carolina state laws and all local ordinances, with full cooperation with local law enforcement. You will be expected to use only reasonable, lawful force, pursuant to established use of force doctrine for self defense and defense of others.  You will be expected to work through the full use of force continuum, i.e. presence, voice commands, empty hand, less than lethal (pepper spray, batons, etc), with lethal force only used in response to lethal force, as last resort in defense of yourself or others. Again, from our experience, our presence alone tends to provide an effective deterrence.

You must be trained, competent and safe with your firearm, and preferably also trained in the use of non-lethal methods.  You will be vetted carefully to determine if you are qualified for this operation.  Please bring with you any certification or documentation you have to support your training and experience. If it is determined you are not qualified to serve in the security detail you will be assigned non-security duties such as distribution of food, water, medical supplies, etc, clearing downed trees, or otherwise assisting the community.

If you do not believe you are qualified to serve on the security detail, please do come anyway as we do need you for other duties. We will find a job for you to do. Count on it!  Many hands make light work.

All volunteers are instructed to do the following:

  1. Email us a copy of your drivers license and CCW if you have one, to:, and give us your name, phone number, estimated ETA and how long you expect to be able to stay.  Please provide vehicle description and license plate number. Please also provide a list of firearms you will bring, and any special equipment. If you are bringing others with you, please provide their personal info as well in the same email. If you have any formal training and qualifications pertinent to this mission, please tell us (keep it short and sweet!). Bring hard copies of any training certificates, DD214, etc you may have.  That will make it easier to vet you.
  2. Proceed immediately to the rally point at:  Safe House Tactical, 1961 NC HWY 172, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460 (we prefer that you arrive during daylight, but if you roll in after dark, please call us at 252-503-0206.
  3. Any critical questions, please call us at 252-503-0206. Please DO NOT call the store to ask questions about operation. The email you send is for documentation, but for timely response, please call the above Oath Keepers operations phone number.
  4. When you arrive at the rally point (Safe House Tactical store), park your vehicle in the parking lot, leave your gear in the vehicle, but bring your paper-work, and knock on the door marked 105.   You will then be vetted, in-processed, and assigned to a team.  Only then will you be directed to our actual operational area for the security mission in a nearby community.

Critical gear for security operation:

Handgun in secure, quality holster.  2 spare magazines in secure mag pouches on the belt.  Be prepared to carry either open carry or concealed.

Long gun, if you have one.  Either a rifle or shotgun, or both if have both.   If you have a shotgun, please bring it!  All long guns must have a flashlight attached.  If you don’t have a dedicated light attached to your long gun, bring it anyway, along with a flashlight, and we will find a way to attach it.  For semi-auto rifles, bring at least seven mags in appropriate magazine pouches and carry system (i.e. chest rig or battle belt).

IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit).  Must contain tourniquet, combat gauze, pressure bandage, cellox, etc to stop bleeding.

Hand-held flashlight.  You must have a separate flashlight to use in your hand.  The area of operation is dark, with less than 25% of the homes having power.   You cannot use your weapon light as a flashlight.  It is a weapon with a flashlight on it, to aid in actually shooting.  It is NOT a flashlight with a weapon attached.  That is why you need a separate hand held flashlight to use to see.

Non-lethal methods – pepper spray, baton, tasers, etc.   (if you have them, bring them, especially pepper spray)

Rain gear.  Be prepared to work in all weather.

Sleeping cot/air mattress, and tarp and/or tent, and sleeping bag. Be prepared to sleep in your vehicle or in a parking lot, or in an open field. We have access to showers and restrooms, but we will be camping outside. Be flexible. Cots are highly recommended.

Radios:  If you have FRS or Ham radios, bring them. Bring spare batteries. If you have spare radios, bring them.

Whistles. Used for signaling/communications.

Hydration system or canteens. Be prepared to keep yourself hydrated. We have water filters. Just need containers.

Eye protection. And tactical ear protection, i.e. Peltors, if you have them.

Plate carriers and rifle plates if you have them. Recommended.

Soft body armor if you have it.

Binoculars, spotting scopes, night vision, or FLIR (thermal) if you have them. Please bring them!

Spot lights, and/or flood lights (hand-held spot lights that plug into cigaret lighter, or contractor flood lights on stands).


Anything else you need to sustain yourself outdoors at night.


FOR NON-SECURITY VOLUNTEERS (or for security volunteers who also want to bring these items)

Bring chain saws, hand saws, axes, etc. to clear downed trees and brush.

Demolition tools, such as sledge hammers, shovels, picks, etc.


Anti-mold fluid, bleach, etc (anything for mold clean up and mitigation)

Rubber gloves, face masks, respirators, Tyvex suits, etc.

Bristle brooms, rakes, mops, and other clean up tools and articles

If you can donate any such tools, please bring them.

If you are unable to come, you can pay for a chainsaw, or other tools at a Home Depot near you and then designate it for pickup at the Home Depot located in Jacksonville, NC, store #3655, 479 Western Blvd Hwy 17.  Scott Dunn, Oath Keepers team leader, will pick up donated tools or supplies. Please let us know at this email address if you have purchased tools or other supplies for us to pick up in Jacksonville.


If you are trained medical personnel, please come and bring all your gear.   We need you!  See above directions to rally point.  Roll out and call us to let us know you are coming.

And, again, if you cannot make it in person, please donate to support our mission.

We MUST have financial support to sustain this operation.



Thank you for your support!  


God bless,

Oath Keepers

Call to Action:  Need Volunteers for Anti-Looter Security Operation in Sneads Ferry, NC




Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.



  1. I live in Myrtle beach S.C. I am a 10 year Navy veteran and have worked for multiple security agencies both locally and abroad. Can I still come help as armed or, can I NOT carry because I’m a South Carolina resident? I have ALL required gear and extra!! THANKYOU.

  2. Is this only for white people or may people of color apply? I personally am of the white persuasion but my buddy wants to join up & he’s afraid he’ll be shot on sight.

  3. I’m so pleased that Oath Keepers was requested, and welcomed by local community and law enforcement. Our reputation proceeds us. Make us proud, OK, and God bless!

    P.S. In addition to donations, I’m sure that prayers will be welcomed as well!

  4. As a member of Oath Keepers I eagerly look forward to being called to action. I submitted all my info when you were first looking for rescue teams and am able to come to this call to action also.
    U can stay till no longer needed and have pretty well all needed already.

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