Operation: Midnight Train – Feb. 5, 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.

During Operation: Greased Lightning, over 350 Team Rubicon members converged on the East Coast to aid in Hurricane Sandy Recovery. Operations eventually focused on Rockaway Beach, NY, where TR established FOB Hope, a centralized area to conduct our teams out of.

As the days rolled on, people from the community began rolling in. People from across the city came to FOB Hope to work with TR in helping Rockaway Beach recover. Those 350 Team Rubicon members managed and led over 10,000 volunteers over the duration of OGL. That’s roughly 29 spontaneous volunteers per Team Rubicon volunteer. It was, without a doubt, an enormous success.

Flash forward to January 30, 2013, and over a dozen tornadoes touch down in Bartow County, GA.

TR sends up the Bat Signal and teams are immediately dispatched to aid in the response. TR volunteers begin staffing the Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) and start to plan recovery efforts with the local and state VOADs (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters).  And just like Hurricane Sandy, TR used Palantir technology to track work orders across the county.

With these partnerships, this is what Team Rubicon has accomplished:

– TR’s crew of 10 volunteers managed and led over 2,400 spontaneous volunteers; an average of 240 per TR member.
– A total of 697 load of debris were transferred to county dump
– Over 500 work orders were tracked by Palantir; to date, over 95% have been completed.
– Cleared 46 roadways throughout county