Veteran-Led Team Rubicon lends much-needed hand in storm cleanup

From press reports

May 5, 2014 –Team Rubicon (TR), a veteran-led disaster relief organization which has been active in recovery efforts since shortly after the deadly tornado outbreak last week, continues disaster recovery operations to support Winston County and other Mississippi emergency management agencies. Uniting the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams, TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.
Team Rubicon’s Operation: Red Hills began a week ago in Lousiville, MS. The team performed hundreds of detailed damage assessments and is now transitioning to recovery work.

Gov. Bryant meets with a member of Team Rubicon.

Gov. Bryant meets with a member of Team Rubicon.

Team Rubicon will be sending special chainsaw teams to facilitate recovery and rebuilding efforts for residents. Team Rubicon will also be coordinating spontaneous volunteers in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus. Skilled Team Rubicon volunteers from across the nation will join and support the community in the coming weeks.
To request Team Rubicon’s services, residents should call the organization’s hotline at (513) 580-8722
Beyond disaster relief, Team Rubicon helps veterans find a renewed sense of purpose—vital as many return to civilian life after more than a decade of war. The nonprofit was founded in the wake of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake by Jake Wood and William McNulty, both Marine veterans. It has grown from eight to 15,000 members with nearly 60 operations under its belt, including Haiti, Superstorm Sandy, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Team Rubicon’s services are provided at no cost to homeowners—making a measurable difference in affected communities. For example, Team Rubicon saved homeowners in Oklahoma an estimated $3.7 million in recovery costs through debris removal and home repairs, following devastating tornadoes last year.
Team Rubicon is being helped in its response by several partners, including the Home Depot Foundation, Tyson Foods and  Palantir Technologies. Team Rubicon is accepting financial contributions for its storm response. To learn more about Team Rubicon’s mission, or to become a supporter, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.

Team Rubicon arrives

LOUSIVILLE, MS., MAY 3, 2014 –Team Rubicon begins its response May 2 throughout Winston, County to help residents affected by last week’s tornados. The disaster relief organization, comprised of military veterans and first responders, mobilized immediately with chainsaw, damage assessment, and debris removal teams.
Over twenty volunteers, from multiple states, arrived over the last few days, and will continue to arrive throughout the week, in what Team Rubicon dubbed Operation: Red Hills. During the response, Team Rubicon will clear trees from roadways and residents’ properties — opening access to services and easing the burden on those impacted at no cost to the community.
Team Rubicon Strike Teams will begin the day at 9:00 a.m. at 201 Ivy Ave Louisville at the press box of the baseball field. The team will be performing tree and limb removal and general storm-related property clean up. Residents who require assistance from Team Rubicon can contact the local operation by calling Jerrod Finlay at 256-473-5159 and a Damage Assessment team dispatched to the residence.
In addition to helping residents, highly-skilled assessment teams are preparing data, such as cubic-feet debris estimates, to assist Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and FEMA.
Beyond disaster relief, Team Rubicon helps veterans find a renewed sense of purpose—vital as many return to civilian life after more than a decade of war.
The nonprofit was founded in the wake of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake by Jake Wood and William McNulty, both Marine veterans. It has grown from eight to 14,000 members with 53 operations under its belt, including Haiti, Superstorm Sandy, Oklahoma Tornadoes, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
To learn more about Team Rubicon’s mission, or to become a supporter, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org