This morning about 20 former special operations service members will be loading up and heading out from Farmington to help rescue victims of Hurricane Harvey still trapped in Houston.
The 20 men are affiliated with Asymmetric Solutions, a defense contractor and combat training company headquartered outside Farmington. One of the company’s personnel named John, who asked that his last name not be used for security reasons, said the group will be taking along a lot of equipment to aid their efforts.
“We’re taking approximately 20 former special ops guys, our big LMTV deep water troop transport truck and several Zodiac boats and a Humvee,” John said. “And Surdyke Yamaha has donated two wave runners for us to use down there.”
He said the group has received donations from many area business to take with them and pass off to local authorities in rescue operations, including water from Pepsi and every gas can that Farmington Rural King had in stock.
The main group is to leave today by 7 a.m. at the latest, with a load of donated materials following a few hours later.
“The big thing we really need is bottled water, gas cans and diapers or formula,” John said. “That’s what the sheriff said they were short on.”
The group is coordinating with Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. John said once the group gets to Houston, they will hand off the donated materials to sheriff’s deputies and then get to work on actual hands-on rescue operations.
“Our main mission down there is just to use our skill set to try and rescue as many people as we can,” he said.
He said the truck carrying donated materials should leave Farmington by 10 a.m., giving any last-minute donations a chance to come in. Donations can be taken to Asymmetric Solutions at 410 Thomas Road or at TAG Truck Center off US 67 south of Farmington.
“The big need for them is blankets, diapers and baby formula because there’s a lot of kids caught up in this,” John said. “And the first responders need batteries and gas cans because they’re having a hard time keeping all these boats filled up with gas.”
For those who are unable to make donations this morning, the group has set up a GoFundMe account to receive donations. The group will stop along the way and purchase additional needed items with money donated online. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/4cpw4i8.