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Travelers Provides Team Rubicon $1 Million Grant to Fund Disaster Response Training Program

Bobbi Snethen

Bobbi hails from Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement. Wired to connect, Bobbi is often found rooting for the home team (in her case, the Green Bay Packers), contemplating Earlybird vs. Valencia, or generating “likes” like a boss.

The Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of The Travelers Companies, Inc., (NYSE: TRV) today announced it will provide a $1 million grant to fund a new disaster response outreach program for Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization uniting the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams after disasters, all while providing veterans with a new sense of purpose, community, and identity.

The grant will fund the creation of a new Mobile Engagement Team that will travel across the U.S. to provide large-scale training events, recruit volunteers, and establish relationships with state and local emergency management agencies. Additional funding for the Mobile Training Center is provided by the Mary & Joseph Cacioppo Foundation.

“As an insurer, we see the devastating effects that severe weather can have on homes, businesses and entire neighborhoods,” said Marlene Ibsen, CEO and President of the Travelers Foundation. “Because of Team Rubicon’s unique model and mission, supporting its Mobile Engagement Team was an easy choice for us. This new initiative will better position Team Rubicon to help communities recover from disasters around the country.”

Travelers will be the exclusive insurance partner of the mobile training center initiative and will work with Team Rubicon over three years to implement the new program. The partnership will also expand Travelers’ employee volunteer and disaster-response training opportunities.

Team Rubicon received the inaugural Travelers Excellence in Community Resilience Award in June 2015, which included a $100,000 grant to support its relief efforts.

“After a disaster, it is inspiring to see how communities come together to support one another. With Travelers’ support, Team Rubicon will be able to bring valuable disaster response training and engagement opportunities to vulnerable populations and to our member base of more than 35,000 veterans and first responders via this Mobile Training Center,” said Jake Wood, CEO and Co-Founder of Team Rubicon. “Ultimately, Travelers is not only helping us better prepare for the next disaster, but helping communities across the country become more resilient.”