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What it Takes to Deploy Domestically

Pat Ross

Deputy Director of Membership Pat Ross III grew up in Connecticut and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science and the answers to all the world’s problems. For six years he supported Marine Infantry Battalions and advised foreign military forces. After finishing his time with the Corps, he completed a Masters of Business Administration at The Ohio State University.

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Regional Execution

Team Rubicon operates and deploys at the regional level. Emergency management is most effectively executed at the local level and we are expanding our capabilities to match this concept. When an operation initiates, the Regional Membership and Field Operations teams lead the personnel mobilization process aided by technology solutions such as Roll Call, Google Apps, and Everbridge. These teams send out the call, vet available personnel, and dispatch members. Selection is based strictly on objective criteria: Proximity, availability, and administrative readiness.

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Proximity

Safety Radius – We expand our response radius to 450 miles of the affected community. Some of these deployments can be a haul, especially if you are trying to make Amarillo by morning. We encourage realistic and safe driving practices. It is important that members do not become victims.

Local members – We strive to deploy as close to home as possible. Locals are personally invested in their community, know it best, and will be there long after the larger relief effort departs. We joined Team Rubicon to continue serving our communities. Local team members are the best brand ambassadors, and they establish instant credibility for Team Rubicon with their presence. Finally, they have strong existing networks giving access to logistics support and unaffiliated volunteers.

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Availability

Immediately Ready – We bridge the gap. Keep your go bag by the door. We keep increasing the speed in which we deploy as a team (although self–deploying is not consistent with our organizational values).

Operational Periods – When the scope of work is limited, we have to prioritize who we deploy in order to ensure we maintain the ability to over-deliver on our commitments. Disaster relief operations are complex. We achieve greater efficiency when we deploy team members for longer periods of time, but recognize the reality that everyday volunteering to support a community in need is a day away from life’s other obligations.

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Administrative Readiness

  • User Profile in Roll Call – You’ve got to be on the roster to get in on the action.
  • Personal Points of Contact – Leaders must be able to contact members with follow on coordination.
  • Emergency Contact Information – Disasters are inherently dangerous. If an incident occurs, we need to be able to contact someone on your behalf.
  • Module 1 – This is the basic organizational training for every team member.
  • Pre-Deployment Basic – This is the baseline training to understand and integrate with the larger Emergency Management community.
  • Background check cleared – We must protect our team members and the communities they serve.
  • Health Insurance: Volunteer responders are required to have health insurance given the inherently dangerous nature of disaster response operations. Our Greyshirts are our most important asset and ensuring they return home safely after any involvement with TR is the foundation of our culture. In order to take care of others on their worst day, our members must be able to take care of themselves first. For members who do not have health insurance, there are short-term health insurance options available. Search online for ‘temporary health insurance,’ ‘term life insurance,’ or ‘volunteer emergency responder insurance.’ 

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Will you be ready when the call goes out?

Team Rubicon has a hard-earned reputation built upon the strong backs and keen minds of you, our team members. We must continue to maintain the high state of personal and organizational readiness for when we receive the clarion call, we can respond immediately with a resounding “Send me.”

Let’s continue the conversation! Share your thoughts, perspectives, and experiences in our National Conversations Forum in Roll Call.