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National CALL TO ACTION to Assist in Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

 

Oath Keepers,

Get ready to help your fellow Americans in the wake of Hurricane Florence, which is about to slam into the East Coast.

According to weather.com:

Hurricane Florence will lash the Carolinas and Virginia late Thursday and into Friday as an intense hurricane with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and potentially catastrophic inland rainfall flooding as one of the strongest strikes on record for this part of the U.S. East Coast.

IF YOU ARE WITHIN DRIVING RANGE TO ASSIST, GET YOUR GEAR SQUARED AWAY AND BE READY TO GO.

If you want to volunteer, email us at hurricaneflorence@oathkeepers.org. (see below for details and recommended gear list)

National CALL TO ACTION to Assist in Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT YOURSELF, PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO CAN. MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!

DONATE HERE

From past experience, we need funds to cover gas, food and shelter for our volunteers, as well as airfare for our our top team leaders.   We also may need to purchase relief supplies such as food and water, as we did last year in Florida.   Please help by making a donation!

Oath Keepers did amazing work last year in the wake of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.    Now we will do so again in the wake of hurricane Florence.   Let’s get ready to go!   We don’t yet know exactly where the hardest hit areas will be, but let’s prepare to deploy to the general Carolinas/Virginia/Appalachian region.

As of Tuesday evening, Florence was centered more than 700 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving west-northwestward.

National CALL TO ACTION to Assist in Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

NEEDED SKILLSETS:   All skill-sets are welcome, but based on past hurricane relief work, we are in particular need of:

Emergency Medical

Search and Rescue/fire trained personnel

Security/infantry/law enforcement trained personnel

Emergency communications

Engineering/construction/mechanical

Boat owners/operators, especially with flood experience

Truck drivers/operators/owners 

Food relief personnel

General disaster relief workers

Chaplains/ministers with field experience

Any other field type skillsets who can help in the wake of a natural disaster.   If you want to help, we will find a job for you.

*See below for details on personnel needs

Uniform for this op is Oath Keepers shirts and/or hats with solid colored pants (khaki, or olive drab). Absolutely NO camoflauge clothing! We are here for disaster relief.

Bring sleeping gear, and appropriate hygiene gear for field bathing as well. Anti bacterial soap is important. Hygiene is a priority in a flood/hurricane aftermath environment.

RECOMMENDED GEAR (note, if you don’t have all of these items, don’t let that stop you.  We’ll make it happen):

Flashlights and weapons lights

IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) with lifesaving gear such as tourniquets and pressure bandages.

Camelback or other hydration system

Bug spray

Head-net to keep bugs from biting face

Sleeping bag and air mattress or cot

Personal water filter

Life jacket if you have one

Rain gear and/or poncho

Radio (FRS or Ham) 

Rubber boots and gators 

Tactical gloves

Medical gloves

Work gloves

Phone charger bank

Personal hygiene items (soap, baby-wipes, betadine, rubbing alcohol, etc)

Lysol and other cleaning items

Spare socks, spare boots, spare changes of clothes (we recommend at least three sets)

Face mask (such as available in hardware stores) and resperator if you can get one.

Anything else you need to sustain yourself and stay healthy – plan on living out of your ruck/vehicle.

DETAILS ON SKILLSETS NEEDED

We will especially need anyone with a medical background for assessment of need as well as rendering assistance when needed. As we did in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico last year, we will be coordinating our disaster relief efforts with local first responders, including law enforcement.

We need everyone from former medics, corpsmen, paramedics, EMT’s, acute care nurses, and ER techs. Basically if you can hit the ground running we can use you. Bring whatever first aid supplies you have, however please add Betadine and rubbing alcohol, as much as you can.

While on this op, we will abide by all state and local laws regarding concealed carry, so if you want to carry, it is imperative that you make sure that your state concealed carry permit has reciprocity. Long guns,either shotgun or rifle are allowed, however expect to keep them secured in your vehicle unless needed in an emergency or unless we have express permission from private property owners to carry them on their property (and only if the need warrants it). Our intent is to be low-key with a low profile posture regarding weapons, while also keeping people safe.

In addition to medical personnel, we need communications experts (HAM radio operators), those with security, LEO, or applicable military experience for defense against possible looters and/or local gang-bangers who may attempt to take advantage of the breakdown in law enforcement.

As we did last year, we expect to be escorting medical teams, relief supply trucks and convoys, and also protecting relief centers and aid distribution points, as well as backing up local first responders. Looting, armed robbery/car and truck jacking are an unfortunate reality in the wake of hurricanes. While we are focused on disaster relief, the need for protecting against violence is a reality and is part of what we do.

We also need people with search and rescue and practical mechanical/engineering skills. Fire-fighters, combat engineers, mechanics, etc. We will put you to work. Truck drivers and boat owners also will be needed. And anyone else who is willing to help. We will find a job for you to do.

Any questions, ask in comments below on our website or email us at:  hurricaneflorence@oathkeepers.org

Again, if you can’t directly help, then please donate to support those who can.

DONATE HERE

Thank you to all our volunteers, and also thank you to all our supporters.

For the Republic,

Oath Keepers

 

 

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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.

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9 comments

  1. Earl Webb, Huntsville, Alabama standing by for deployment.
    I am a retired Law enforcement Officer and Marine Corp Veteran. I am trained for flood water rescue by the Miss Dept Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Search and Rescue and body recovery, . I was trained and a member of our Special Forces unit in Mississippi and went in on Hurricanse and other disasters as a firs responder, secured areas from looters and site seers! I also am familiar with heavy equipment operations, such as bulldozers, front-end loaders. Trained in all areas of Lawenforcement. Certified boating safety instructor and hunting safety instructor in Mississippi. I can come and help but would need some help with gas to get there and back. Let me know if I am needed!

  2. Ex fd,emergency services/disaster LT..ex public safety officer,search and rescue exp,security exp.. can be ready in a few hrs but no way there. Live in north central IL… awaiting response. No job at present so can deploy for about a month if needed.just need a way there.

  3. I have 13 years in the Army and the Army Reserves, was in transportation combat support train with Infantry units pull a lot of Security have some history with front end loaders, Standing by

  4. Former LEO of 20 years , special courses at police academy Trained in crowd control, Investigations and crime scene control. Trained in hand to hand combat, BB3rd in Hun Gar BB in Win Chun, Master of iron Palm . Was Volunteer Firefighter and certified EMT back in 80’s, NB Search and Rescue ( Designated Tracker) Certified Heavy equipment Operator dozers Backhoes front end loaders ect. ect.. Avid Hunter and Fisherman Have Restricted Weapons Permit. Spent most of my life in the outdoors Backpacking, Canoeing , Boating of all sorts. Self taught in survival methods
    Ready to go would just need to know estimated time on deployment so I can get things in order here just a day or two notice is all I need. I would need help with Transportation. I can go as long as needed and can be last boots on the Ground.
    I will email other contact info !

  5. These guys are needing gas or transportation- Don’t they know they need their transportation to live in? OK should be more organized than this. It looks like FEMA Katrina. There should be crew tents, cots, stoves, portable toilets, dried food, water, etc. ready to ship and be set up by your response team. Like FEMA, you’ve had ample time to organize better than this. Let this be another lesson prior to another disaster or civil unrest.

    1. It’s hardly fair to compare Oath Keepers with FEMA. They are a federal agency with access to our tax money to pay for supplies, transportation, and paid employees.

      Oath Keepers sincerely appreciates donations from generous Americans and we are volunteering our time and efforts to help our fellow citizens.

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