Forward Watch

Forward Watch: 1 October 2021

Team Rubicon is actively responding in 13 communities across the country and planning to deploy response teams in 14 additional locations. Keep reading for a breakdown on how Team Rubicon is serving those in need. 

 

 

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AFGHAN RESETTLEMENT

The situation for resettlement of Afghan families is changing on a daily basis. Although Team Rubicon is not directly involved in evacuation efforts, Team Rubicon is prioritizing immediate needs in locations dictated by the Department of State and Department of Defense, and will continue to assess additional locations as opportunities arise to help relocate Afghan families into communities across the United States. 

Team Rubicon is supporting the management of donated goods, setting up the logistics at each donation point for collections and distribution, and providing language translation services in the following locations:

  • Volk Field & Fort McCoy—Wisconsin
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst—New Jersey
  • Dona Ana Range/Holloman AFB—New Mexico
  • Fort Pickett—Virginia
  • Camp Atterbury—Indiana

Team Rubicon will continue assisting with housing accommodation set-up for newly arrived Afghan families in Denver, Colorado.

At the Dulles International Airport reception point, teams are providing site management and logistical support for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in coordination with the Emergency Repatriation Center’s efforts.

A volunteer interpreter with Team Rubicon is providing translation service for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Dulles Expo Center. 

Donation and partnership inquiries should go to [email protected] 

Learn how you can get involved in our humanitarian efforts welcoming arriving Afghan guests to the U.S.

 

HURRICANE IDA

Since operations began, Greyshirts have mucked out homes, tarped roofs, cleared damaged trees with chainsaws, and used heavy equipment to remove debris from over 300 homes in the following Louisiana parishes and northeastern states:

  • Tangipahoa, Louisiana

  • St. Charles, Missouri

  • St. John the Baptist, Louisiana

  • Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

  • Wilmington, Delaware

  • Manville, New Jersey

The operations in New Castle County, DE and Somerset County, NJ have been completed. While Greyshirts continue to respond in Louisiana, operations at St. Charles, St. John the Baptist is set to complete on October 10, with the rest of the locations set to complete on October 17.

 Learn more about our hurricane responses here.

 

 

VACCINATION SUPPORT

Team Rubicon, along with our partners, are supporting first responders and the medical community by assisting in COVID-19 vaccination delivery and distribution.

Since September 21, Team Rubicon has been supporting vaccine distribution in Teton County. The operation is set to last till October 17.

Team Rubicon had returned to the Navajo Nation on August 15 after an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant strain. Greyshirts assisted medical staff in seeing over 1500 patients and have successfully completed the third support mission to help fight against COVID in the Navajo Nation.

 

Take a look into how Team Rubicon volunteers go above and beyond each and every day to aid the Navajo Nation in the fight against COVID-19 below.

 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM REBUILD OPERATIONS

Team Rubicon supports the community in all parts of the disaster cycle. Resilient home repair on wood-framed, single-family houses is the primary focus of our Rebuild program. Depending on the damage, this may include roof repair, floor replacement, wall and ceiling installation, door and window replacement, and additional interior and exterior work required for restoration.

  • HOUSTON REBUILD
    • After Team Rubicon’s three-month response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the organization launched a two-year recovery effort to rebuild 100 homes in the Houston area.
    • In Houston, 111 homes have been rebuilt to date, three are under construction and three are in planning.
  • GULF COAST REBUILD
    • In other states along the Gulf Coast, 13 homes have been rebuilt, 11 are under construction and two have been approved and are in the planning phase.

 

Hear one homeowner’s story and learn more about the impact of Team Rubicon’s home rebuild efforts.

 

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