Bracing for Impact from Hurricane Dorian
Team Rubicon continues to stage people and resources in preparation for Hurricane Dorian’s impact.
While Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands were spared a direct hit by Dorian, Dorian slammed into the Abaco Islands and the Bahamas, and the storm’s threat remains for the Southeast coast. As Dorian swings out into the warm Atlantic, it is expected to increase in strength, possibly making landfall over Georgia or the Carolinas as a Category 2 hurricane, with possible sustained wind speeds up to 110 MPH.
In advance of the storm, Team Rubicon volunteers are already helping vulnerable communities prepare for impact by filling sandbags and boarding up windows.
We are launching recon teams to the Bahamas to increase our ability to rapidly respond for people directly threatened by Dorian, and as the hurricane passes, we’ll deploy equipment and volunteers to help the most vulnerable communities recover and rebuild.
With your support, our tanks remain fueled to sustain a potentially lengthy response for families facing difficult times.
Tracking Hurricane Dorian
Here’s how NOAA classifies hurricanes on the Saffir-Simpson Scale:
|Category||Sustained Winds||Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds|
|1||74-95 mph||Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled.|
|2||96-110 mph||Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage.|
|111-129 mph||Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads.|
|130-156 mph||Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles down|
|157 mph or higher||Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse.|
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Our Capabilities in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian
As the storm threatens to make landfall, Team Rubicon is standing by to help those affected. And as always, all our services are provided to survivors and communities free of charge.
After the storm passes, our route clearance teams move in quickly to affected areas to clear roads for first responders, other agencies on the ground, and survivors.
- Following a wind-driven disaster – like a hurricane – route clearance is crucial to provide individuals access to food, water, shelter, medical services, and utilities.
- By providing a route clearance team that can take action quickly after the storm makes landfall, we aim to:
- Decrease instances of individual’s and families’ isolation from food and water sources
- Ensure ingress and egress for all establishments and agencies providing emergency or urgent care services
- Ensure communities can access public evacuation centers and disaster shelters
Damage Mitigation & Assessment
In advance of the storm, Team Rubicon volunteers are helping vulnerable communities prepare for landfall. Teams are filling sandbags to protect homes from flooding and boarding up windows and doorways to guard against strong winds and debris.
Advance teams are also traveling to affected areas in the Caribbean to determine what unmet needs remain and how Team Rubicon can serve and support survivors.
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Team Rubicon is Built to Serve
Founded in 2010, Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. With over 100,000 volunteers (70% veterans) across the country, Team Rubicon has carried out nearly 400 disaster response operations across the United States and around the world. Team Rubicon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, funded entirely by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and small businesses. All donations are tax-deductible.
Last year Team Rubicon deployed thousands of volunteers to Florida and North Carolina immediately following Hurricanes Michael and Florence. And we’re still on the ground in Texas and South Florida, fulfilling our commitment to rebuild homes damaged in 2017.