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Jan. 17 Sit Rep

Just before the weekend, Team Rubicon launched its first operations of 2017 as a result of winter storms across the country. Below is a situation report on our efforts.
Just before the weekend, Team Rubicon launched its first operations of 2017 as a result of winter storms across the country. Below is a situation report on our efforts.

Operation Emma Gale – Manitou Springs, CO

Region VIII launched Operation Emma Gale after receiving a request for aid from the City of Manitou Springs and El Paso County Office of Emergency Management to conduct damage assessments and clear debris from public parks and private residences after a hurricane-force windstorm caused substantial damage to trees and structures.

Operation Rushing River – Guerneville, CA

Region IX launched Operation Rushing River in Sonoma County, California in response to severe flooding and storm damage. In coordination with the American Red Cross, our volunteer members conducted over 75 damage assessments in just one day, and the operation will likely expand to provide muck out and debris removal services to support affected residents.

Operation Cold Brew – Portland, OR

At the request of the City of Portland, Region X launched Operation Cold Brew to clear downed trees after a winter storm made its way across the Pacific Northwest. The team on the ground is looking to identify additional ways to support the community in its recovery.

Region X assisting residents of Portland in the wake of a winter storm.
Region X assisting residents of Portland in the wake of a winter storm.

Operation Gunsmoke – Dodge City, KS

After a severe ice storm swept through the Midwest this weekend, Region VII is spinning up Operation Gunsmoke to fight back with chainsaw operations and debris management in coordination with local authorities.

Monitoring in Reno, NV

This weekend, Region IX deployed a recon team to Reno, NV to learn how our team can assist with winter flooding. More to come.


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Dennis Clancey

A former U.S. Army infantry captain and Iraq veteran, Dennis Clancey joined Team Rubicon as a volunteer in 2014, responding to the 2015 Nepal earthquakes and Texas floods. In September 2015, he joined the organization full-time as the Deputy Director in charge of global disaster response.