URGENT National CALL TO ACTION to Assist Flood Disaster Relief in Nebraska
Oath Keepers and Patriots,
Oath Keepers is deploying to Nebraska, but whether you are an Oath Keepers member or not, it’s time to step up! Nebraska is in serious trouble from what Governor Pete Ricketts has called the worst flooding the state has seen in 50 years. Much of Nebraska and parts of western Iowa are in a state of emergency, and evacuations began Wednesday afternoon. At this time, many parts of central Nebraska are nearly inaccessible due to high flood waters and destroyed or damaged bridges, while there are still numerous affected areas in need of evacuation. The National Weather Service and Nebraska Emergency Management Administration have indicated that conditions will likely get worse before they get better, so your fellow Americans desperately need your help. Please contact our Nebraska point of contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-604-4343.
IF YOU ARE WITHIN DRIVING RANGE TO ASSIST, GET YOUR GEAR SQUARED AWAY, CONTACT US (email@example.com or call 402-604-4343), 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 Aurora, NE 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 top team leaders and key skillsets (such as medics). Food, water, and fuel are critically needed in affected areas. Fuel shortages are common, and the local water treatment plants have been compromised. Please help by making a donation! Oath Keepers has done amazing work in the wake of hurricanes in North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, now we need to help our Nebraska brothers and sisters. Please donate to support our efforts.
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
- Emergency communications
- Emergency Medical personnel
- Former Law Enforcement & Infantry Vets (to serve as liaisons, and as security escorts for relief workers and caravans).
- Boat owners/operators, especially with flood experience (we cannot use them immediately due to the ice and current, but need them on stand-by)
- Truck drivers/operators/owners
- 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 preferred). Absolutely NO military 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 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):
- Cold weather gear (nights are very cold)
- Radio (FRS or Ham; cell towers and power are spotty)
- IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) with lifesaving gear such as tourniquets and pressure bandages.
- CamelBak or other hydration system
- Sleeping bag and air mattress or cot
- Personal water filter
- Life jacket
- Rain gear/poncho
- Tactical, medical, and work gloves
- Phone charger bank
- Personal hygiene items (soap, baby wipes, betadine, rubbing alcohol, etc)
- Lysol and other cleaning supplies
- Spare socks, boots and clothing (we recommend at least three sets)
- Face mask (such as available in hardware stores) and respirator
- Anything else you need to sustain yourself and stay healthy – plan on living out of your vehicle
- Bring as much water as you can, we are in dire need of potable water
DETAILS ON SKILLSETS NEEDED
We will especially need anyone with a medical background, Search & Rescue, and LEOs for assessments of need as well as rendering assistance when needed. As we did in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico last year, we will be coordinating our disaster relief efforts with local first responders, including law enforcement and emergency management. If you plan on being directly involved with relief efforts and aren’t a certified first responder or similar, please try to get your FEMA certifications (recommended certifications are the 100, 200, 700 and 800) before coming out. While FEMA certification is not a requirement, it is free, only takes a few hours, and keeps everyone on the same page.
We need everyone from former medics, corpsmen, paramedics, EMTs, 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 Nebraska 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).
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. While we are focused on disaster relief, the need for protection 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. Anyone else who is willing to help, we will find a place for you.
Any questions, ask in comments below on our website, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-604-4343.
Again, if you can’t help directly, please donate to support those who can!