BREAKING NEWS: Team Rubicon picks a fight with Sandy

Sandy is all like “Oh, no you didn’t TR!”
And then we were like, “Uh, yeah, we did.” Then we activated Regions 1, 2, and 3 to deal with it.


BREAKING NEWS: Team Rubicon picks a fight with Sandy. Tells her she looks fat in her spandex.

The T-birds over at Team Rubicon ditched the stupid luau and got down to work. Operation Greased Lightning has kicked off with TR mobilizing six response teams stretching from D.C. to New York, with a larger contingent of volunteers on standby to reinforce where needed.

With gusts being reported in Long Island over 80 MPH, many are saying that Hurricane Sandy is a one-of-a kind storm, one that we haven’t seen in this country for the last 100 years.

“I don’t care how special she thinks she is, TR isn’t going to take any of her shit,”  says Andrew Stevens, Team Rubicon’s Director of Field Operations.

Corresponding leadership from the area include Matt Pelak, JC McGreehan and Levi Briscoe, who are drawing up plans to address the hardest hit areas.

What can you do to help?  Well, first, if you’re in Sandy’s swath of destruction, get out or hunker down.  Make sure you have food and water that will last at least 7 days.  If you’re not in Sandy’s path, help support Team Rubicon’s mission!

What will your donation do?

$10 will feed a volunteer a meal.
 $25 will purchase a replacement chainsaw chain. $100 will cover the gas needed to get a team in place (hey, gas is $5 a gallon!)

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    One year ago I was just setting up shop in Detroit. We had moved the Veterans Green Bus from Denver to help rebuild homes and teach veterans how to use sustainable energy solutions to do it.

    I was a member of Team Rubicon region 8 and had just signed up to the orgaction page for region 5 page when the alert went up.

    I signed up for my availability and noted the capabilities and capacity of the bus.

    I think it was about 10pm when I got the first call from TR requesting the bus in Chicago. I thought that was in the opposite direction of the storm? It was explained the regional headquarters was in Chicago and a large donation from Home Depot Foundation needed to be picked up along with the volunteers that were gathering at the regional office.

    The next morning I had the bus running and loaded with the basic requirement to support a crew of 6. Sleeping bags, cooking gear When the only other Tea Rubicon member from Detroit arrived to help load my disaster tools, including a chain saw, and basic construction and electrical kits.

    What was to be a two week deployment went for over 6 weeks. Just like in the Military the situation on the ground can change and depending on your ability to adapt to those changes will determine your mission’s success or failure.

    Team Rubicon mission to bridge the gap between time between disaster preparation and long term recovery is where the ability to adapt is most important.

    The mission of the Veterans green bus is to assist in disaster relief with sustainable energy solution for transportation and first responder operations.

    When we left Detroit the bus ran on diesel or bio diesel. We had plans to convert the bus to run on used cooking oil over the winter. But, when Team Rubicon called we adapted our plans to address the core mission to serve in times of disaster.

    After serving in the Rockaway Beach with Team Rubicon for six weeks, we were asked to remain at FOB Hope to assist New York Cares, Americorps, and the Conservation corps in operating the base and continue to provide the bus as an office during the day and security for the tools and equipment over night.

    Jake Kimmel a Team Rubicon member from Montana also agreed to stay an extra 2 months with the Veterans Green Bus while these organizations found winter cover for the tools Team Rubicon had donated and long term bases of operation.

    Because of our commitment to the mission and our ability to adapt our goals to serve a greater mission. Team Rubicon awarded the Veterans Green Bus the funding to convert the bus to run on used cooking oil.

    March of 2013 after five months of volunteering in Rockaway. We converted the bus in Hudson New York. Three days later we returned to Rockaway to gather our equipment say good bye to all the friends we made and started what would end up being a 10,000 mile tour of the United States demonstrating sustainable energy solutions at schools , farmers markets, and ecological institutions while also volunteering with local veterans organizations.

    A year later we are finally back in Detroit. Thanks to Team Rubicon USA, The bus has been converted to run on grease and has proven to reduce the cost of transporting volunteers tools and supplies to any point in the country by over 90%. Thanks to Goal Zero it has solar powered refrigeration. Finally, thanks to every veteran in Team Rubicon who responded to hurricane Sandy, without you non of this would have happened.

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