Forward Watch

Forward Watch: 30 July 2021

Team Rubicon is actively responding to five separate disasters in eight locations across the country and planning to deploy response teams into 11 more. Read on for a breakdown on how Team Rubicon is serving those in need. 

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INTERNATIONAL RESPONSES

Team Rubicon deployed a medical team to Mongolia to support the World Health Organization and Mongolia Ministry of Health on July 23.

  • Seven Greyshirts, including one TFL/MD, one MD, three RNs, one PA and one Logs, have deployed to the country and will work for three weeks to assist healthcare workers and treat COVID patients at a hospital in the Songinokhairkhan district.
  • A second wave of Greyshirts is planned for August 13.

Take a look into how Greyshirt volunteers go above and beyond to help others in their response to tornadoes in DuPage County outside of Chicago, Illinois below:

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STORM AND FLOOD MITIGATIONS AND RESPONSES

  • ARIZONA
    • Team Rubicon began a mitigation operation in Flagstaff on July 17 in preparation of flooding. Greyshirts are filling and distributing sandbags in the area through August 1.
  • NEW YORK
    • Team Rubicon began a storm response operation in Lockport on July 25 by mucking out homes and removing debris. Work should continue through July 31.
  • PENNSYLVANIA
    • Team Rubicon began a flood response operation in Bensalem on July 29. Work includes muck outs, debris removal and roof tarping and should run through August 4.

.Take a look into how Greyshirt volunteers go above and beyond to help others in their response to the recent floods in Globe, Arizona below:

TORNADO RESPONSES

  • DEXTER, MISSOURI
    • Team Rubicon is responding in Dexter after tornadoes uprooted trees and downed power lines. Greyshirts are performing chainsaw operations and debris removal from July 12-17.
  • FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE
    • Team Rubicon will respond to the city of Franklin on July 17 and 18 to help reduce the risk of flooding by performing chainsaw operations after a recent tornado.

Take a look into how Greyshirt volunteers go above and beyond to help others in their response to tornadoes in DuPage County outside of Chicago, Illinois below:

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WILDFIRE MITIGATION AND RESPONSES

Wildfires are bound to happen but the damage left and the impact to communities can be minimized by performing mitigation operations ahead of wildfire season.

Team Rubicon provides chainsaw operations, thinning and removing ladder fuels, and clearing trees and brush in high threat wildfire areas. Upcoming operations include:

  • Boulder Creek, CA – July 23-30
  • Walsenburg, CO – Aug. 6-8
  • Talkeenta, AK – Aug. 6-13

 

  • Take a look into how Greyshirt volunteers go above and beyond to help others in their response to the fires of ELIZABETH, COLORADO below:

COVID-19 VACCINATION SUPPORT

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
    • Team Rubicon is partnering with FEMA in Las Vegas.
    • Greyshirts will support phone banks and mobile units.
    • Operation to run from July 26-Aug. 19.

Volunteers are providing:

  • Medical support
  • Logistical planning support
  • Miscellaneous wrap-around support services (Traffic control, queue management, sign-in administration…)
  • EOC support

(Our goal is to provide vaccine distribution support so the healthcare providers can continue to provide primary care services or vaccinate.)

As of July 16, Team Rubicon has helped administer more than 1,607,457 COVID-19 vaccinations across 106 cities.

Interact with our live National Vaccination Tracker Dashboard here

You can take a closer look at our vaccination work in the video below, spotlighting our site in PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA:

LONG TERM OPERATIONS

Resilient home repair on wood-framed, single-family houses is our primary focus. 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 – TEXAS
    • 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, 109 homes have been rebuilt to date, one is under construction and one in planning.
  • GULF COAST REBUILD – LOUISIANA and TEXAS
    • In the Gulf Coast, 10 homes have been rebuilt, six are under construction and 13 have been approved and are in the planning phase.
    • Team Rubicon has continued its efforts in long-term recovery through home rebuilding after the successes in Houston. The new operation focuses on the Gulf Coast, specifically Calcasieu Parish, LA., and Orange County, TX.
    • This rebuild effort in the region of the Gulf Coast is Team Rubicon’s fourth investment to reach beyond the immediate response phase of the disaster cycle and into the recovery phase to get homeowners back into their homes as quickly as possible.    

Learn more about the impact of Team Rubicon’s home recovery efforts through the video below.

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