Team Rubicon’s two-man recon team safely landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sept. 25, and four additional personnel joined them on Sept. 26. The recon team, in concert with the Department of Health and Human Services, assessed major hospitals today for structural damage, operability, and supply needs reporting all hospitals were operational, well-staffed, and had sufficient supplies. Much of the island, however, is lacking the ability to communicate due to a widespread power outage and generators dedicated to maintaining high-priority buildings such as hospitals, which could potentially be affected by fuel shortages.
This weekend, Team Rubicon formally launched an operation to support the ongoing response and recovery efforts on the island. We’re deploying additional personnel to Puerto Rico to support the distribution of medical supplies and necessities in coordination with local and state authorities, conduct community needs assessments in coordination with FEMA, and provide debris removal and chainsaw operations with assistance from local volunteers.
Recommendations for those looking to get in touch with loved ones in Puerto Rico:
- Utilize the American Red Cross’s safe and well community.
- Contact the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration.
- View the directory of the Puerto Rico Emergency Operations Center.
- Puerto Rico Maria Updates is a public Facebook group, collecting information for those affected. Facebook has also turned on its safety check feature.
On Sept. 25, Team Rubicon deployed a team to the Caribbean island of Dominica to provide emergency medical assistance in the wake of Hurricane Maria at the request of the Pan-American Health Organization. Seven volunteers are currently deployed on Operation Sisserou Summons.
Approximately 80 percent of the 74,000 residents on the island were impacted by the hurricane, and the main hospital in the capital city of Roseau was damaged and is operating with limited capacity. Team Rubicon’s medical team landed safely on the island today, and the operation is expected to last up to 14 days.
Medical professionals interested in serving with our team are encouraged to check out this blog post detailing the selection process for utilizing those skills in disaster zones with Team Rubicon.