Forward Watch

Forward Watch: 14 January 2022

Team Rubicon is actively responding in 9 communities across the country and planning to deploy response teams in 16 additional locations. Keep reading for a breakdown on how Team Rubicon is serving those in need.





2021 RECAP

Thanks to our Greyshirt volunteers and generous supporters, we were able to stand by many communities domestically and internationally. While we continue our missions into 2022, and breakdown where we are responding currently, here is a recap of how communities were helped by our response and recovery operations. 


Team Rubicon is expanding into its next phase of operations and working with local partners across the country, to help welcome Afghan families into their new homes and communities.

Team Rubicon is assisting with the management of donated goods, by establishing an intake site for donations including clothing, furniture, and basic household goods.

Volunteers are working with local resettlement agencies or directly with families to provide necessary household items as they move into the community.

Where requested, volunteers will also assist local partners with setting up homes including moving furniture and helping to assemble them within the new homes.

To date, more than 1300 Greyshirts have volunteered across seven bases, assisting with the set-up of more than 125 homes and supporting the management of donated goods and helping distribute more than 9 million items.

Team Rubicon is currently supporting operations in the following locations: 

  • Milwaukee, WI  

  • Minneapolis, MN

New cities and states will keep being added to the list of communities being served.

Click here to find out where and how you can help welcome Afghan families into their new homes and communities.

Donation and partnership inquiries should go to [email protected] 




On December 10, more than 30 tornadoes passed through Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Mississippi causing severe devastation and leaving more than 250,000 without power, and leading Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to declare a State of Emergency and request a federal emergency declaration. 

Greyshirts volunteers have been responding in Kentucky, since December 11.

  • Three operations had been launched in Mayfield, Dawson Springs and Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • While the operations in Mayfield and Dawson Springs is ongoing, the operation in Bowling Green was completed on January 6
  • Heavy Equipment and Sawyer teams have worked to remove fallen and hazardous trees and conducting debris removal for residents’ homes.
  • Team Rubicon continues to monitor the impact of the storm and is in active conversations with additional communities and community partners that have been impacted, to assess the needs on the ground in real time.

    Stay updated and learn how you can help communities impacted by one of the largest tornado storms to hit the United States.


Team Rubicon is planning to launch a response the weekend of January 15, to help more than 30 homes in the towns of Chehalis, Centralia, and Rochester, that were flooded due to heavy storms and extreme flooding in the area.



Many residents of Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee, CA have become stranded in their homes and are without power till at least January 14, because of heavy snowfall from multiple winter storms. 

  • Greyshirts in the area are working with CalFire crews to assist with the response by providing chainsaw operations, debris removal and delivering food and firewood to homes



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.


After Team Rubicon’s three-month response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the organization launched a two-year recovery effort to rebuild homes in the Houston area.

In Houston, 113 homes have been rebuilt to date, two are under construction and three are in planning.


In other states along the Gulf Coast, 16 homes have been rebuilt and 11 are upcoming.


Two homes have been approved for rebuild in Haines.


Five homes have been approved for rebuild and four homes had roofs installed in Selma.

Learn more about Team Rubicon’s Rebuild operations in US

Maria and Marco had been living in their daughter’s home, since Hurricane Harvey damaged their own. Team Rubicon’s Rebuild operation helped them get a fresh start in their home.