URGENT National CALL TO ACTION to Assist in Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief in Florida
Oath Keepers and Patriots,
Oath Keepers is deploying to Florida. But whether you are an Oath Keepers member or not, it’s time to step up! Florida is in serious trouble. Hurricane Michael has devastated a large section of the Florida coast (over 100 miles long) and your fellow Americans desperately need your help.
Here is a message from our Florida chapter leader, Scott Dunn:
IF YOU ARE WITHIN DRIVING RANGE TO ASSIST, GET YOUR GEAR SQUARED AWAY AND ROLL OUT. WE NEED YOUR HELP. You DO NOT need to be a member of Oath Keepers to help. We will be based in Pensacola, FL and will deploy out from there into affected areas. See details below.
IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT YOURSELF, PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO CAN. MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!
From past experience, we need funds to cover gas, food, equipment (such as radios) and supplies for our volunteers, as well as airfare for our our top team leaders and key skillsets (such as medics). We also may need to purchase relief supplies such as food and water, as we did last year in Florida, to give out to those in need. 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, and we just did more solid work helping in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence, including wellness checks and guarding a large community against looters. Now we need to help our Florida brothers and sisters. Please donate to support our efforts.
Rally point/base of operations:
We have full use of a 28,000 square foot warehouse with some office space included (running water, rest-rooms, but no shower – we will set up a camp shower). This will serve as the initial rally point and base of operations for all our volunteers.
310 John Gray Street
Pensacola, FL 32505
Contact/Local leader: Alan Flowers
That location is within a short drive from many affected areas. If you can help, start rolling that way now. Again, you DO NOT need to be an Oath Keepers member to volunteer. If you want to help, come help. Please text an RSVP to the contact cell number:850-454-5366. Include your name, number in your party, your ETA, your skillsets (just a short and sweet summary such as “Army vet, 11B, and retired cop” or “fire-fighter and EMT”) and any special equipment you are bringing (i.e., boat, chainsaws, night vision, etc). Please also email that same information to: email@example.com. That way our local team leaders know you are coming, via your text, and we also have a heads up at the national level through the email. Thank you.
As Scott Dunn stated above, expect to be conducting rescues, wellness checks (including medical), downed tree removal, as well as providing security for rescue and medical teams, and for relief centers (consider security part of what we do right along with everything else). We may also have to do anti-looter functions as we just did in North Carolina. Looting and other crime is just a fact of life in the wake of a disaster when there is a vastly reduced LEO presence. Above all else, be ready to be flexible. If you are able-bodied you should expect to go out on a field team. If you are not able-bodied, you will be tasked with a “Bravo team” support function. We will find a task for you.
NEEDED SKILLSETS: ALL SKILL-SETS ARE WELCOME, BUT BASED ON PAST HURRICANE RELIEF WORK, WE ARE IN PARTICULAR NEED OF:
Search and Rescue/fire trained personnel
Security/infantry/law enforcement trained personnel
Engineering/construction/mechanical (we expect to be clearing roads of downed trees, and also helping to clear homes of downed trees).
Boat owners/operators, especially with flood experience (bring your boats!)
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 (if you have it) is Oath Keepers shirts and/or hats with solid colored pants (khaki, or olive drab). Absolutely NO camouflage clothing! We are here for disaster relief.
Bring sleeping gear (cots and sleeping bags are best), 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):
BOATS! Flat bottom boats, or any shallow boat you have. We need to be able to go out into flooded areas, both for rescue and also for anti-looting operations. In NC, the looters used boats to get into flooded neighborhoods and homes. We expect the same here.
Flashlights and weapons lights (all long guns must have a light on them. If you don’t have a light already attached, bring a flashlight and we will improvise a mount). You need a second light on your person to use independent of your weapon light.
Be prepared to carry your handgun concealed. You can bring long guns, but they will likely be kept in vehicles unless needed, or unless on private property with permission of the property owner. Be prepared to keep it low-key. We will comply with all local and Florida laws on carry and use of weapons. Be ready to be flexible.
Body armor. If you have it, bring it. If you don’t have it, it is not required, so please come anyway.
IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) with lifesaving gear such as tourniquets and pressure bandages.
Camelback or other hydration system
Chain saw(s). We will need them so please bring all you have.
Shovels, rakes, pry bars, etc.
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) – if you have both, bring both
Rubber boots and gators
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, and as we just did in North Carolina, we will be coordinating our disaster relief efforts with local first responders, including law enforcement, and we want to be able to help when needed with emergency medical.
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 Florida 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 will be kept in vehicles unless truly 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, text our team leader at the above cell number, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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