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Supporting the South in the Wake of Severe Weather


In the wake of dozens of tornado touch downs and inclement weather across the country, Team Rubicon is mounting responses in multiple communities to serve those affected. Below is a high-level overview of our efforts in the U.S.



Over the weekend, three tornadoes touched down across Forrest County, MS and damaged roughly 900 structures in their path. At the request of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Region IV launched Operation Iron Bird to conduct chainsaw operations and debris removal in the community of Hattiesburg, MS, where Team Rubicon responded to tornado damage back in February 2013.


Region IV is working with local partners to learn how Team Rubicon can assist Georgia residents impacted by this weekend’s storm front, as a state of emergency was declared in seven counties in the south central region of the state. More to come as local leaders learn where our assistance is needed most.


Region VI launched Operation Twisted Trunk in Hill County, TX, after an EF1 tornado impacted residents near the community of Whitney. This response is the 12th operation Team Rubicon has launched in the state of Texas.


Region VII launched Operation Gunsmoke in response to Winter Storm Jupiter. Since Jan. 19, volunteers have been providing ice storm relief in Dodge City, KS.


As flooding rains continue in California, Region IX is poised and ready to serve affected residents in Sonoma County, CA once again. Volunteers deployed to Operation Rushing River in the city of Guerneville earlier this month to conduct damage assessments in partnership with the American Red Cross in the wake of severe flooding.

A glimpse at what it takes to spin up a disaster relief operation below:

How can you support Team Rubicon’s efforts? Make a donation today or sign up to join the 42,000 volunteers answering the call when disasters strike.

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.