Call to Action: Volunteers Needed to Protect Houston Disaster Relief Center and Relief Workers

Retired Police Officer and Soldier Brian Krogmann Standing Guard at Houston Relief Center

Disaster Relief Center Protection Detail in Texas

Oath Keepers and other patriots,

We need “quiet professionals” who can provide protection for relief workers and truckers who are bringing in critical disaster relief supplies to Houston, Texas.  Oath Keepers has been asked to provide protection for a massive warehouse in Houston that is now being used as a major disaster relief hub and distribution center, with trucks running day and night to bring in relief and recovery supplies, which are then distributed out to those in need.   The owner of the warehouse, Robert Erwin, of R2 Corporation, donated the use of his building to relief efforts, and then requested our help to keep the building and everyone in it safe.

The phone numbers to call are 346-237-7527 and 346-237-7531

Among the people we are protecting are dock workers, drivers, and volunteers from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, led by Robert Mele, Principle Officer of Teamsters Local 988.  The Teamsters have stepped up big time to help the people of Houston, with loaded trucks coming in from all over the nation.  We are also protecting other volunteer and non-profit relief workers.

Unfortunately the warehouse is in an industrial complex that is surrounded by a residential area with a large gang presence, which is why we need skilled, qualified men and women to keep people safe here.

The warehouse is located at:

101 Esplanade Blvd.

Suite 400

Houston, TX 77060

Our experienced police officers are acting as liaisons with Houston PD, Metro PD, Harris County Sheriffs Office, and DHS.  Our mission is to protect the relief workers, truckers, and the supply line going out to those in need.   Our posture is as low-key as we can make it consistent with the mission and being capable of protecting ourselves and others.  We are already here, boots on the ground, with teams out securing the property, but we need help.

Oath Keepers Veteran Police Officers Greg McWhirter and Brian Krogmann with Vera Bumbers, Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority Assistant Chief of Police and Janice Weaver, Director of Community Relations, Mayor’s Office


This is an armed detail, so if you have a personal firearm, please bring it.  If you are interested in helping, call for details about what other gear to bring (but plan on being self sufficient with sleeping gear, cot or air mattress, wet weather gear, flashlights, etc – basically be able to live out of your ruck).  We will provide food and water.  Call or email for details.

 

TO VOLUNTEER CALL:

 346-237-7527

Or email:   la@oathkeepers.org

Any questions, please call or email.

If you can’t make it here to help in person, please make a donation to support those who can make it here to help.


Protective Escorts for Medical Teams and Relief

In addition, we have been running escort missions for field medical teams from Global Outreach Doctors, Dr. Alison Thompson of Third Wave Volunteers, and Mobile Medics International (all outstanding and heroic lifesavers), relief supply convoys, and for truckers on the road when requested.

We will continue to run those missions if we have sufficient manpower, but by necessity, our protection of the relief center must take priority for now (at least for the next few weeks).

We will rotate people in and out, so if you can only come down for a couple of days, that is fine.   We need all the help we can get.

 

SKILLSETS NEEDED:

We are looking for men with relevant military, police, or security training, such as:

Current serving or retired law enforcement.    We have a crucial need for police officers to act as liaisons to local and federal LEO’s and also because of their many other skillsets which translate directly to nearly everything we are doing here.

Current serving or veteran military, especially infantry or other combat arms, military police, or others with Personal Security Detail, force protection or site security training and experience.

Experienced armed security professionals.    Must be trained, safe, and competent with your weapon and equipment.  And must have a solid understanding of the lawful use of force and the force continuum.

Above all, we want only cool, calm, steady men who will keep a cool head under pressure, and will interact well with many volunteers coming and going – quiet professionals.   You WILL be vetted.  If you have a CHL, please bring it.  Please bring a copy of any training certs you have, or any other pertinent proof of training or status, if at all possible.  Please make it easy for us to vett you and get you assigned to a team.   If you are an Oath Keepers member, please bring your membership card if you have it.   You DO NOT have to be a member to volunteer.  We will take all qualified personnel.  Please see the contact info below.

We can also still use:

Emergency medical personnel:   EMTs, military medics and corpsmen, civilian paramedics, nurses, etc.   However, please understand that our primary mission here at the warehouse is a fixed position defense/protection operation.   If we have enough people, we may be able to send some out on relief missions to affected areas, but please don’t count on that.   You would be needed to support and care for our people, and be prepared to deal with trauma just in case, and also to do some medical checks and first aid on disaster victims if you go out on a mission to affected areas (as our medics .  Please bring whatever gear you have that you would need to work that mission.

Communications experts (HAM General class or above preferred, but a technical class HAM is also useful).    Please bring extra radios if you have them.

 

TO VOLUNTEER CALL:

 346-237-7527

Or email:   la@oathkeepers.org

Any questions, please call or email.

 

We have been blessed with the honor of protecting and assisting some outstanding first-responders, including directly assisting local volunteer fire-fighters, search and rescue, police officers, sheriff deputies, and also National Guard units from multiple states including Texas and Louisiana (we actually helped protect unarmed National Guard and fire-fighters), and protecting the incredible volunteer medical teams mentioned above, as well as helping the devastated, tired, and wet Texans who live here.  It has been a privilege and an honor to do so, and we intend on being on call and ready to respond whenever they need us, as well as protecting this new relief supply center in Houston.  This is square on with our Community Preparedness Team (CPT) concept –  Americans coming together, lending a hand, is what it is all about.   We would hate to turn them down because we didn’t have enough men.


Robert Erwin, Vice President of R2 Corporation, is a great American patriot in the truest sense of that word – a man who loves his country and loves all of his fellow Americans regardless of their politics, and he deserves all our thanks and respect for providing this massive warehouse for relief operations.   And the many volunteers here also deserve our thanks, and they deserve our protection.  Please step up and help keep them all safe.   We are stretched thin, so please come out if you can.  Many hands make light work.

And again, if you can’t make it in person, please consider making a donation to help support those who can.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes

Founder of Oath Keepers

 

Comments

  1. winlass 7 September, 2017, 14:13

    Thanks for the opportunity to donate to a great effort. After all, what good are supplies & volunteers if chaos reigns, mayhem is rampant or volunteers don’t feel safe? I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints & we have kind hearted people on the ground after every disaster. They don’t want to be concerned about attacks when they are mucking out a neighborhood! Thanks for being there! Love to personnel volunteering!

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    • Stewart Rhodes Author 7 September, 2017, 14:46

      Thanks for your kind words. As you say, we need to protect our first responders so they can go out and do their jobs. Unfortunately, many of the first responders here in South Texas had their own homes flood during the hurricane, so we are now extending an offer to guard their homes (where their belongings may be outside as they try to salvage), so they can go do their jobs.

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  2. Mike from KS 8 September, 2017, 07:35

    I had the opportunity to assist in the current warehouse security detail this week and in the process bonded with professionals, men and women, from all over the country who have donated their time and skills selflessly. Thank you for your continued dedication to our country and to the less fortunate. Cheers to you all and I hope to return soon for a few more days. Keep your head on a swivel! Mike from KS

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  3. Vinny 12 September, 2017, 08:36

    As an active Oath Keeper, and living in the immediate area affected by the Harvey storm and floods, I would like to be of assistance, however, am dealing with an immediate health issue and can not donate any time towards this effort. I have donated to the relief efforts. Thanks to the Oath Keepers that are donating their time. That is what “real Americans” do, have always done, and will continue to do. God Bless.

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