Forward Watch

Forward Watch, September 18

As of September, 17 Team Rubicon has assisted over 1105 individuals on 36 core operations responses in 2020.

Hurricane Sally

Situation Report

Hurricane Sally dumped more than two feet of rain in areas of Florida and Alabama. Two deaths have been reported due to the hurricane and 320,000 businesses and homes are without power.

Rescuers have been using high-water vehicles to reach people trapped by Sally’s flooding. Isolated high-water events are expected to continue over the weekend. 

How Team Rubicon is Responding

Operation Damn the Torpedos

Team Rubicon has two teams on the ground in Baldwin Country, AL where they are setting up infrastructure for a more extensive response.

In Robertsdale, AL 25 Greyshirts are on the ground performing sawyer work on downed trees. Their number is expected to increase as they push out to other impacted communities. In areas with greater flood damage, Greyshirts will provide muck-outs for home owners.

Damage Assessment

A recon team has been dispatched to Escambia County, AL and Santa Rosa County, FL to assess damage and identify opportunities for Team Rubicon to help. They will proceed to other locations once flood waters have receded and access to sites has been confirmed. 

Oregon Wildfires

Situation Report

There are more than 20 wildfires burning in Oregon that have displaced 10% of the state’s population.

One of the larger fires, the Beachie Creek fire, has consumed 180,000 acres with 0% containment.

How Team Rubicon is Responding

EOC Support

Due to the unprecedented scale of the disaster, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management has requested staffing support for their Oregon State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC). Greyshirts will be assigned to ECC operational personnel and directly support communication with county EOCs, logistics, and general coordination among the various branches in the ECC.

Greyshirts continue to assist the Oregon EOC’s Virtual Operations Support Team from afar by monitoring activities and trends on social media as they relate to the wildfires.