Updated: Urgent! Oath Keepers Call To Action to Deploy to Texas to Help With Flood Relief and Rescue

Updated: Urgent!  Oath Keepers Call To Action to Deploy to Texas to Help With Flood Relief and Rescue

CALL TO ACTION UPDATED 8-30-2017

Oath Keepers, and all other dedicated patriots,

You are needed in Texas to help our brother and sister Americans who are now dealing with a Katrina level event flood. They are deep under water in Houston and a growing number of nearby towns and cities, and they need our help.

We need your donations. We will be purchasing supplies of various kinds. 100% of your donation goes to help the relief effort.

If you can get down here, start rolling. You already have brother and sister Oath Keepers on the ground in Houston, and more on the way, as well as awesome patriots from the Cajun Navy and Cajun Army who are here as well. They need your help. Many hands make light work.

Our preliminary rally point is Livingston, TX, which is about 10 miles North of the first affected areas closer to Houston. At this time, Livingston is still dry.

Our rally point/preliminary staging point is:

Pak’s Karate  (owned by Oath Keeper member Don Holse)

616 Pan American Dr.

Livingston, TX 77351

Point of Contact:   Alex Oakes.  228-731-1807

There will be someone there 24/7 to check you in and direct you to where you need to go. Alex Oakes, the Oath Keepers Southern region assistant coordinator, is on scene, acting as our operation/logistics officer for this operation. Please call him when you are on your way, and he can give you the latest info on road closures.

DO NOT try to come in from due West or Due East, or South of Houston. For example, US 190 coming in from the East is flooded. Come in from the North, even if that means looping wide North.  Come in from the North of Buffalo, TX or North of Lufkin, TX.

From Lufkin, TX  take Route 59  South to Livingston, TX.

From Buffalo, TX take I 45 South to Huntsville, and then take US 190 East, to Livingston. At this time, those routes are clear, but again, call Alex Oaks as you get into Texas and he will give you the latest updates on road closures.

Whatever your level of training or skill-set, if you are willing to help we will find something for you to do.

For larger shipments of relief supplies or an up to date list of things needed contact Billy Simmons, Southeast Regional Leadership Coordinator, Board of Directors, at 318-914-2224 or 225-329-9832. Email: la@oathleepers.org

However, we are in special need of:

  1. People with boats! Even if you are not “search and rescue” trained, if you have a shallow water boat, come on down and we will pair you up with trained personnel.  “Authorities” have put the word out that they don’t want to see boats that draw more than a foot of water (sit lower than a foot deep in the water). And they don’t want to see boats shorter than six feet long. But they are letting people use Jet Skis. Most of the Cajun Navy are using flat boats and pontoons.
  2. Those with search and rescue training and experience, and/or folks who have already dealt with floods (been there, done that!) and can now help others. If you don’t have a boat, but have the experience, come on down and we will pair you up with people with boats.
  3. Medical personnel. From first aid to EMT, military or civilian medics, paramedics, nurses, doctors, etc.  if you have any medical training you are sorely needed.
  4. Security personnel or those with security related training (i.e. military or police, or other related training and experience).  Unfortunately we have seen attempts to “boat jack” Cajun Navy volunteers committed by looters, who tried to take their boats by force, and also looters firing on Cajun Navy volunteers (the looters want to scare us away so they can loot homes unmolested).Come armed, but see below for details on do’s and don’ts.We are looking ONLY for calm, collected, cool headed professionals, as we used in Ferguson and on our other security operations.  Must be well trained and competent.   Expect extra vetting.
  5. Communications: Any HAM operators, or otherwise trained in communications. We need the skills and the radios. Bring both and plenty of batteries.
  6. Engineering and mechanics. If you can fix things and keep things running, we need you.
  7. If anyone has military type vehicles ie. deuce and a half that are able to ford deep water or lifted 4WD with 8″ or higher lifts.

Please bring your personal provisions for:

  • Sleeping (sleeping bag, pad, pillow, blankets, etc).
  • Clothing, especially shoes and socks, keep your feet dry
  • Gas mask if you have one
  • Rubber boots, or hip waders if you have them
  • Toiletries, in zip lock bags
  • Portable food
  • Cash
  • Personal protection in compliance with all laws (please check!)
  • Waterproofing for your phones
  • First aid kit

We are directly assisting refugee shelters in and near Crosby, TX, but we DO NOT advise you to go there first, as Crosby may need to be evacuated.

The Texans showed up and helped when Louisiana was under water last year, just as they helped tremendously back during Katrina, opening their communities to thousands of refugees, and now it is time to help them in their hour of need.

We already have Oath Keepers on the ground helping out, right along with the heroes of the “Cajun Navy” who have come in from Louisiana to lend a hand at Texas Governor Abbot’s urgent request. And we have more men on the way from Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and from within Texas itself.

By the grace of God we had a recent new member in Oath Keepers step up in a big way and donate 12,000 freeze dried meals, which we will be delivering in person, by private truck, tomorrow to a relief shelter in the Houston area.   Texas Oath Keepers member Chance Gibson, owner of American Survival Wholesale, has donated 12,000 freeze dried meals, paid for with the generous donations from the supporters and clients of another awesome patriot, Ross Powell, owner of Survival 401k (210-639-7227).

Chance provided the food at his cost, and Ross reached out to his contacts and within 24 hours they donated to Chance’s page and had the food paid for.   They did it so fast we didn’t even have time to post up the donate link on our site, when it was all handled and Chance took the donate page down.   Chance is now delivering the food to us in Texas, and we will take it down to the refugee shelter on the edge of Houston.   Chance let us know he has another 6,ooo meals on standby in case we need them.  Chance is a Navy rescue diver veteran, and Ross is a former Naval officer.  Way to represent!  Go Navy!

We have a very experienced search and rescue team from Mississippi, led by our Mississippi leader, Alex Oaks.  They had a hard time getting there because of all the road closures (our advice is to swing very wide North, to go around all the flooding, and come in from the North).

Brian Krogmann and I are on the ground in Texas now to help coordinate our volunteers.  Brian is an Army Ranger and combat medic veteran, and also a retired Washington DC metro PD officer, who has been with me on security operations all over the nation, such as Berkeley, Boston, Dallas, Portland, etc.

But we need YOU to pitch in and lend a hand if you are able.   Many hands make light work.   Whatever your skill-set, you are welcome and we will put you to work.

About Author

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.

Comments

  1. Cdconte 30 August, 2017, 18:47

    I have about 10 cases of mres that i can donate in the jax fl area. Anyone from around here heading to Huston?

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    • Bostwana 3 September, 2017, 08:43

      In case you didnt know, There is a local Chapter of OathKeepers in Jacksonville/St Johns County.You can contact them at fl@oathkeepers.org and they can probably help you getting those MREs ditributed.

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  2. Mary D. 30 August, 2017, 19:43

    I am a 71 year old associate member and serve as a Citizen On Patrol volunteer and a Victim Services volunteer for my local Pflugerville, TX police department. We are located just northeast of Austin so were very fortunate to get tropical storm force winds but less than 9 inches of rain. I have contributed a bunch of stuff to my local police department which they will be taking down to those in need tomorrow. I just want to thank all those Oath Keepers who are coming to the Houston area and other coastal areas in Texas to help with this horrible disaster. My the Lord bless you mightily.

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  3. zabdi 30 August, 2017, 19:57

    Great job! I’ll give more next week. This will last a long while. During Ike I heard the insurance companies disputed the flood policies between rising water vs forced in water. This is devastating even for the ones who left to find out they lost their possessions.

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  4. Milt 30 August, 2017, 21:22

    Tried to log into my OK account to donate, but couldn’t do so. I’ll try again tomorrow.

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  5. xenonman 30 August, 2017, 21:23

    Hijacking rescue boats? How low can these ingrates fall?

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  6. popeye7140 30 August, 2017, 22:05

    Hello brothers, u have been communicating with a church in Rockport Tx, I have an 80 80kw generator on it’s own 2 axle trailer. We are trying to logistically get it delivered. Anyone from the pensacola florida are with a long wheel base truck, it would fit perfectly in the bed, tongue facing after and strapped down. I’m sure the local Lowes would be happy to load it up with their fork lift. I am disabled but I’m trying to get there anyway to help with anything I’m capable off. I’m a licensed chief engineer, US Merchant Marine, 37 yrs experience, also medical care provider and ships security officer. Any ideas on this situation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, James flowers

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  7. El Dorado 31 August, 2017, 08:30

    This group of Patriots represents my core values. At 71 years old I would not be that much of a physical asset to the relief mission. So I will continue to financially support my brothers and sisters.

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  8. Kenneth 31 August, 2017, 12:29

    The “Donate” button wasn’t working for me with my Chrome browser, but it works with Internet Explorer (in case anyone else is having trouble). I’m out in California watching this constantly on the news, and bursting with pride right now. Everyone take care and good luck!

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  9. Maverick 1 September, 2017, 07:03

    Rick Clay here, Oath Keeper and III%UPT in Kemah, Texas.
    The III%UPT members have a collection point in Dickinson, TX that I will be assisting with to offer supplies, labor, and security where needed. I’ll be wearing an Oath Keeper cap so we will be represented there also. Thanks to everyone involved!

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  10. Barozzi 1 September, 2017, 18:29

    I am in ga can not go now but where can I send wise food

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  11. James 2 September, 2017, 10:49

    It is American patriots like i see here donating and going to Texas that truly MAG. Tragedy’s like this bring out the worse and the best in people and they know who they are. God bless you all.

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  12. Edwin 3 September, 2017, 05:26

    Have been trying to donate. The site keeps asking me to “enter my card info” – after I did so & clicked “donate” Either the site is corrupted … or hacked … or I have donated multiple times (have not gotten a confirmation email to that effect) — which I cannot afford.

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

      Check your email. I just emailed you along with the IT staff so they can help you. Thanks for your support!

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