Oath Keepers Call to Action: How to Help Your Neighbors in This Deadly Cold Snap
Oath Keepers and patriots,
As our nation deals with unusual, deadly cold and freezing weather, including in areas in the South (such as Texas) that are not used to it, we need to continue to step up and help our neighbors (we know many of you are already on it).
Use your prior training and experience to help your immediate neighbors, your town, and your county in any way you can.
Unlike in prior disaster relief operations responding to hurricanes or tornadoes, we won’t have a central relief command for you to report to. This is too spread out for that, and travel is an issue. So use your own initiative. If you need advice or particular assistance, let us know. Some of our state and regional leaders will be organizing relief supply delivery ops in the coming days, so please report in any critical needs and we will do what we can.
If you want to help, or need help, contact your local or state OK leaders, or, to contact national about this situation, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to tell us what town, county, and state you are in and we will plug you in.
The following advice on how to help you neighbors was written up by retired Army Col. John Siemens, from Texas, member of our national BOD (with input from other OK leaders):
Helping in the current weather crisis:
1.Cold weather survival is not something most Texans are familiar with. Here are things to consider for yourselves and helping your neighbors.
2. Pay attention to your immediate neighbors and surrounding neighborhoods.
3. Pay attention to what is going on outside. If you see someone in trouble, stop and help. Approach cautiously since they may be wary of a stranger.
4. Many neighborhoods now have an on-line App called “Neighbors” or “Next-door” that can be useful for getting the word out.
5. In many cases just passing on information regarding location for availability of needed items is sufficient.
6. When roads become passable, running errands or transporting others to stores and medical appointments is important.
7. If you must go out, dress appropriately for the temperature (wind chill, not air temperature)
8.Recognize the extreme risk of driving. Walk if possible. Not only is there risk of an accident due to icy / slick roads, there is also risk of breakdown. Cold affects electric circuits, tire pressures, hydraulic systems and especially batteries.
9. If / when you do go out, carry a reliable communication device with you. Accidents, breakdowns and medical conditions are aggravated by cold weather. No one can help you if they don’t know there is a problem.
10. Take care of yourself and your family. If they are not safe, then they may become a drain on society and take away from support to others.
Items that will be most needed:
Heat is the 1st priority. Rolling power outages are occurring and could continue for days.
1.If you have heat and the willingness / ability to share your warm environment, advertise it to your neighbors.
2. Many homes in cities only have electrical power.
3. Some homes have gas fireplaces and perhaps gas ovens that can be used for heat.
4. Provide standby generators and other types of heaters for short term use if possible.
5. Candles and parafin fueled lanterns are both a source of light and heat.
6. Stereo and candles can be used for heat as well as cooking.
A Terra Cotta planting pot with base can be used with crisco and a candle to provide heat. Put fuel in the base and turn the pot upside down over the candle / crisco leaving a space for air to reach the flame.
7. Help people understand the use of gas/propane/kerosene heaters inside an insulated home.
Without electricity, people may use Kerosene or “white gas” lanterns for light. They also give off heat. There must be a source of fresh air. Having a window open slightly is a good solution. Without fresh air, the oxygen in the room can be used up and carbon monoxide poisoning is likely.
Water is the 2nd priority. One can only survive a couple days without water but can survive a week or more without nutrition.
1.City water may become contaminated due to loss of power to water treatment facilities. It becomes impossible to boil water if heat (electricity / gas / wood) is not available.
2. Lack of water or water pressure will cause toilets to be un-flushable. Buckets of water (melted snow / ice) pursed into the commode will flush it.
3. Leaking / burst pipes will show up as temperatures rise above freezing and pipes thaw. Know how to shut off water to the house.
4. Help people understand how to protect their water pipes from freezing.
a.Open all faucets (hot and cold) to allow a drip which keeps water flowing and minimizes the possibility of freezing
b.Opening doors under sinks allows warm air to circulate around water pipes.
c.Water pipes can be located in exterior walls. open doors to rooms and closets that may be next to an exterior wall with pipes in them.
Food is the 3rd priority. People often do not plan well and will run out.
1.Neighbors may not be able or may be unwilling to drive to the store.
2. Many stores will be out of items. Many people will have done a rush on food stores and shelves will be empty.
3. Provide what you can spare to neighbors.
God Bless you all for what you do!
Col. John Siemens, U.S. Army (Retired).
PS – Note from Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers:
This situation reinforces why local community preparedness is so essential, which is why we started our Community Preparedness Team (CPT) program over seven years ago. We emphasized the critical need for emergency communications, emergency medical, emergency engineering and preparedness for grid-down situations (shelter, heat, emergency power, clean water, sanitation, fuel, food storage, etc), as well as the need for community security (because bad-guys often prey on the vulnerable during disasters), and intelligence. The needed skills and supplies go far beyond that, but those are what we see as the most critical. We also created our “Family Safe” program where we put priority on watching over the families and homes of local police, Fire, EMS, and Search and Rescue personnel so they can go out and do their jobs with peace of mind, knowing their family is safe and cared for.
Each of you have skills to contribute. So step up and help. And then help get your community better organized for future emergencies. Never think “that can’t happen here.” Because it can, and it will. Get ready in advance.
As I write this, I’m in Texas, where the freezing temperatures and power outages have been so bad that Texans are freezing to death in their homes. Today I learned of the tragic death of an 11 year old boy who died in his sleep of hyperthermia during the power outage down in Galveston, TX. That shouldn’t be happening. We have a duty to help all we can. One of our local leaders here in Texas, in the Dallas area, is a fire-fighter who organized a local fundraiser to purchase generators to loan out to families in his community. I was happy to donate $1,000 from national toward his effort. What he is doing can, and will, save lives. Hat’s off to him for showing such initiative.
One final point – just as there are no atheists in fox-holes, during a disaster nobody cares what friggin political party you are in, or who you voted for. When Mother Nature is kicking EVERYONE’S ass, all the artificial division and political hatred the media helps to magnify melts away, and it’s just people helping people. In the dozen hurricane relief operations Oath Keepers has done, from Texas to Puerto Rico and everywhere in between, we didn’t ask people if they were Democrats or Republicans before we rescued them or gave them food, water, and medical care, and they didn’t ask us what political party we were in before they accepted our outstretched hand of assistance. Nobody cares! That’s real life. All the crap you see on TV and the internet – all the division and hatred – that’s all fake. So turn the “Two Minutes Hate” machines off, step outside, roll up your sleeves (or put on your parka!) and get to work. –