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Call to Action: Volunteers Needed for Tornado Relief in Alabama [CANCELED]

UPDATE: Alabama Tornado mission is canceled.

The local PD has let us know they have enough man-power to cover their needs and the security need is not as bad as first anticipated.

Therefore, we are standing down on this operation.  We won’t be deploying our volunteers to the affected area in Alabama (which is now in recovery phase) and we’ll instead be on standby for the next one.  We’re now heading into tornado season, with hurricane season to follow back-to-back in a few months.

This org has now responded to over a dozen natural disasters (hurricanes and tornadoes) and no doubt we will be needed again very soon.

We thank all who volunteered and we will use you on the next one – count on it.    If you are already in the vetting process and would like to be vetted for the next disaster relief operation, please let us know when we email you and we will continue vetting you.

To those who donated to support this mission:  we greatly appreciate your support.  Donors like you make what we do possible and we couldn’t do it without you.  We hope you will simply let us use your donation to fund our future operations (no doubt we will be in the field again very soon) and our ongoing expenses.  However, if you donated to this effort and do want a refund, email us and we’ll get it done.   You can email: refund@oathkeepers.org

Thanks again for all your support, and God bless.

Stewart Rhodes
Founder of Oath Keepers

 

 

 

 

Attention all Oath Keepers and patriots:

Volunteers are needed now to assist with a critical disaster relief mission in areas impacted by the tornado that recently rampaged through communities just north of Birmingham, Alabama.   Hundreds of homes were destroyed, as well as many businesses.  These communities are now very vulnerable to looters.  We need volunteers with law enforcement, military, or professional security training and experience to step up.   We also need emergency medical professionals.

If you can’t make it in person to help, please donate to support those who can.  Your donations help provide fuel, food, lodging, essential gear and supplies for our volunteers, Go here to donate:

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MISSION:  to assist local law enforcement agencies and private businesses with securing the communities from looters, and to watch over the significant relief and building supplies that are being brought into the area to rebuild.

This will be an armed security operation.  We also need emergency medical professionals (a constant need on any security operation, and in an area being cleared and rebuilt after a disaster).  See below for details on the skillsets needed.

We will be working closely with local law enforcement and with local businesses.  NOTHING will be done without that close coordination with local law enforcement agencies.  We need cool, calm, collected “quiet professionals” for this operation (which is very similar to the many successful disaster relief operations we have conducted in the past).   You will have a very clear chain of command and a very clear assigned mission that you will be expected to adhere to.

You DO NOT have to be a member of Oath Keepers to volunteer.   We accept non-member volunteers if you have the needed skillsets, are willing to help, and know how to follow chain of command.  

To volunteer, email us at:  disaster-volunteers@oathkeepers.org

Please include your full name, date of birth, phone number, current address, a copy of your drivers license and a copy of your license to carry permit if you have one. Please give us a brief description of your training and experience, and feel free to email us copies of any training certifications you wish to submit.

Please also give us direct links to any and all social media accounts.

All volunteers will undergo a criminal background check (looking only for criminal history – we don’t care about your credit score), a social media review (to weed out communists, racists, cop-haters, and loose-cannons in general), a phone interview, and a final in-person interview before being assigned to a team and mission.  Again, we seek quiet professionals who are competent, calm, and can work well with local LEOs and businesses.   We cannot accept any convicted felons, anyone with any sex offender conviction (even misdemeanors), anyone with a dishonorable discharge, or anyone who is currently under indictment for any of the above.

Security Mission Volunteers

We need current serving or former law enforcement; current or former military with training or experience applicable to security operations and backing up law enforcement (i.e. combat arms, military police, or any personnel with force protection training or experience); or trained civilian security professionals (especially formally trained armed security).   If you think you have what it takes, email us and apply as a volunteer.

This will be an armed security operation.  We expect it to be open-carry (Alabama is an open-carry state) but if you have the ability to carry concealed, please also prepare for that possibility.  You are welcome to bring long guns (rifles and shotguns) in case they are needed, as well as body armor, web-gear, and other appropriate gear you may need.  But prepare to be flexible on posture – able to go from open carry handgun only (with long-guns kept in vehicles), to open carry long-gun if needed, and then back to a lower-profile as the mission changes. At all times we will be doing whatever the local LEOs ask us to do when it comes to profile and posture.

Emergency medical

We need combat medics, EMTs, paramedics, trauma nurses, trauma docs, etc.  Anyone trained in trauma medicine will be useful on this mission.  This community is now in the recovery stage, but that still brings with it a risk of injury to recovery workers, residents, business employees, local LEOs, and to our own volunteers, and, obviously when dealing with potentially violent looters there is the danger of trauma injury.

Please be prepared to bring whatever trauma gear you have, but if you are short on gear, or even if you have no gear, please still volunteer if you have the appropriate training and background.   We will get you what you need,

Please bring: 

You will need bright hand-held flashlights.   We highly recommend you have a weapons-light on any long-gun (but if you don’t have one, please still bring your long-gun and we will find you a light to put on it).  It is critical that you NOT rely only on your weapons-light.  You must also have a hand-held flashlight.  Bring any of the following if you have it:

Batteries
Glow sticks
Green or orange glo vests
Glow tape/ bright eyes
Glow orange and green paint.  Bright duct tape/caution tape

Rechargeable spot light
Rechargeable Radios (bring any radios you have- HAM, FRS, CB, etc)

Night vision (if you have it)
Binoculars
Range finder
Body cams (go-pro type cameras)

Please bring anything else you need to sustain yourself and to do the skillset you are qualified for.  Again, if you don’t have something, please come anyway, and we will get you what you need.

NO CAMOUFLAGE clothing.  We don’t mind if your plate carrier is cammo (if that’s all you have), or even if your only rain jacket is some form of cammo (if that’s all you have), but we don’t want people in BDUs, ACUs or decked out head to toe in Multicam.   Solid color clothing will be the standard.   Solid color cargo pants (brown or green) and a solid color shirt/jacket/coat.   If you have Oath Keepers hats, shirts, or patches, feel free to wear them.  But also be able to go “grey man” undercover if needed.

IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit).  Bring any first aid kit you have.  IFAK should have a tourniquet (or two), combat gauze, pressure bandage, NPA, etc.  But bring what you have and we’ll get you what else you need.

Boo-boo kit.  Bandaids, antibiotic wipes, Motrin or other pain relievers, etc. to care for yourself.

Weather appropriate clothing.  Warm clothes, rain gear, spare socks, change of cloths, etc. for whatever span of time you think you will be with us.

Sleeping bag and cot (if you have one).  Bring your own sleeping gear.  We will provide shelter.   Bring your own personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, baby-wipes, etc.

If you have a tent, bring it in case it is needed, but we do our best to provide indoors shelter for all our volunteers.

In the wake of a tornado, a hard-hit community needs to focus on relief and recovery, but the reality is that bad-guys will take advantage in the chaos of a disaster area, and security is a critical need, to escort relief personnel, to provide security for relief volunteers, to protect supply distribution points, to carry out anti-looter patrols in communities, to stand watch over building materials and vulnerable homes and businesses, and to assist the locals in forming up their own armed neighborhood watches (which we have considerable experience in doing).

We have been invited to help, and we will answer the call.  Please step up to help us get it done.

Again, if you can’t make it in person to help, please donate to support those who can.   Go here to donate:

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Thank you and God bless!

Stewart Rhodes
Founder, 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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