Stewart Rhodes with an update from Puerto Rico: Tomorrow, we will be helping local patriots Christopher Silva and his cousin Jean Badillo distribute four pallets of food to hard-hit barrios in Aguada, Puerto Rico. We will also take food and water to the orphanage in Moca, Puerto Rico. This is food that was donated by numerous people and groups, and collected by our friend Jeremiah. These are all poor barrios which have yet to receive any official aid. While at it, our medical personnel will do medical wellness checks in these barrios, which also have not had any direct medical support.
CRITICAL: We have a commitment from local air assets here in Aguadilla to help us distribute food, water, medicine, etc to remote mountain regions, including using their helicopters to do food drops into areas that cannot be reached by road due to mudslides and flooding. This means that isolated villages and barrios will finally get the food, water, and medical supplies they need.
BUT we need to provide them with the food to deliver. They have the helicopters, but no food. It is up to us to get the food.
We need food sent to the Aguadilla airport, or otherwise brought into the Auguadilla area, coordinated with us so we make sure it is not confiscated or stolen, and we will take it from there. At the moment, the above mentioned four pallets of food that Jeremiah secured is the first and only substantial amount of food we have seen here in private hands (aside from the ten cases of MREs the National Guard gave us). We find this both baffling and frustrating to the point of infuriating.
Why is it that mountains of food, water, and other supplies are sitting in San Juan, held captive by FEMA, or piled in warehouses back in Miami (we saw them with our own eyes) but have yet to be shipped or flown into the NW area of Puerto Rico? This makes no sense to us. We are ready, willing, and able to deliver it all, including into the most remote regions, and yet we have NOTHING to deliver (aside from those four pallets which will be gone by end of day tomorrow).
Where are the commercial airlines? Where is FEDEX, UPS, etc. Why can’t they use their planes to bring in the food that is needed, into Aguadilla? The Aguadilla airport can handle nearly any plane made, including C-130s, C-141s, C-17s, C-5s etc. And we know for a fact that there are millions of tons of privately donated food and bottled water sitting in Miami, yet to be put on a plane or ship.
Again, we don’t fault the military. The men and women of the Army Reserves, National Guard, Active Duty Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, etc are more than willing to get it done, but they are not allowed to touch the tons of food FEMA controls without permission from FEMA, which is slow to come. And that is where we come in. We will find a way to get the food that has been donated by countless individuals and churches into the hands of the people who need it.
We just need the help of those who have access to planes. If that is you, email us at: email@example.com or show up at the Aguadilla Good Samaritan Hospital, where our men are posting guard 24/7 (just ask for Oath Keepers) and we will get that food into the hands of the families who need it most.
On a more positive note, we are working very hard to provide temporary air conditioning to the Aguadilla Good Samaritan Hospital to fix the deadly conditions of an ICU that is is 90-95 degrees, which is entirely unacceptable, and we working to restore the delivery of 15,000 gallons of water per day that this massive hospital needs to run. And to ensure that the generators do not fail (they were considered short term emergency backup and never expected to be needed for so long). Our engineers and journeymen tradesmen are doing all they can to help ensure the water supply to the community as well as the hospital.
We need medics, EMTs, nurses, etc to go with us out into the rural areas and do wellness checks. We are linking up with some who are already here, to go with them as they do their work, but we also want our own Oath Keepers medical personnel to continue to come in. We had an awesome trauma nurse, Scott Dunn, who has been with us, but he has to go home tomorrow. That leaves us with one current serving EMT on the ground. We need more. We also still need men who can stand guard and provide security escorts to convoys, medical teams, etc, and the engineers and tradesmen who can handle infrastructure repair and removal of obstacles in roads. We need you.
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Oath Keepers on the ground in Puerto Rico
Discussing the current condition of Good Samaritan Hospital in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Photo credit: Cara Coggeshall Freelance Photography
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