Operation: Midnight Train – Feb. 4, 2013 Mission Update

Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

Operation: Midnight Train has evolved into one of the most interesting deployments for Team Rubicon.

With Palantir’s mapping technology, TR was able to lay out work orders and needs assessments for the affected areas, and was then able to dispatch volunteers equipped with the proper gear for the job. As of yesterday, out of the 500+ orders mapped, 95% have been completed.

TR volunteers are also working closely with the local Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) in the response to the tornadoes. This partnership has allowed Team Rubicon to pivot from direct disaster relief to leadership roles in the response.

Like Hurricane Sandy, Team Rubicon volunteers are leading groups of “spontaneous” (non-TR affiliated volunteers) in recovery work. To date, over 1,600 volunteers have assisted in Operation: Midnight Train.