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Update: Spinning Up for Irma and Responding to Harvey

While Irma weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland, millions in Florida are left without power after enduring triple-digit winds and raging floodwaters. The storm will continue to move north into Georgia and adjacent southern states, and Team Rubicon has pre-staged resources, including rescue boats, and identified key personnel in the region as well as the Caribbean Islands to identify and support unmet needs from the impacted communities.

Meanwhile, 330 Greyshirts have deployed to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, with hundreds more providing remote support. Team Rubicon is currently serving in the communities of Beaumont, Rockport, Port Arthur, Magnolia, Friendswood, Katy, and Wharton, TX, while the area command is stationed at the Combined Arms Center in Houston.

Strike teams knocking out muck outs in Beaumont, TX.

Some numbers to chew on:

  • 419 Team Rubicon volunteers are manning a Crisis Cleanup hotline where residents can request assistance. As of Sept. 11, this team has averaged over 250 hours on the phone for every 12-hour shift while logging 11,981 requests.
  • In three days, 31 volunteers conducted 4,300 drive-by damage assessments at the request of Harris County, TX, to help identify unmet needs.
  • Another 700 door-to-door damage assessments across the Texas Gulf Coast resulted in 200 requests for assistance, which our strike teams are currently tackling (Current total: 55 work orders completed).
  • Since Harvey made landfall, more than 8,000 new volunteers have signed up to serve with Team Rubicon.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, American Airlines donated its first of 11 chartered flights to Team Rubicon. Nearly 100 volunteers departed from LAX to IAH, and we’ll be rounding up Greyshirts in New York to depart from JFK this Saturday. It’s force multipliers like these that allow us to move more efficiently and help more residents impacted by disasters.

CEO and cofounder Jake Wood welcomed the team on the tarmac at IAH.

Last, our planning team continues to evaluate the needs in Mexico after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake was registered off the country’s southern coast. We’ll continue to share information about a possible response abroad as well as our efforts domestically.


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