Operation: Midnight Train 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.

On Wednesday, January 30, at least 13 tornadoes touched down in Bartow County, Georgia.

By Thursday, Team Rubicon had launched Operation: Midnight Train.

An advance reconnaissance team was dispatched to survey the damage and integrate with the local Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to best decide how TR volunteers can assist in the relief efforts.

Once again, TR has paired up with Palantir to help track work orders in the area. Like operations during Hurricane Sandy, Palantir’s tech allows Team Rubicon to quickly and effectively identify hard-hit areas and develop needs assessments. Armed with this information, our teams can get to work on debris management and immediate home repair. To date, TR and Palantir have conducted and cataloged nearly 500 post disaster damage assessments of structures within the affected area.

In addition to direct recovery work, Team Rubicon’s Incident Management Team (IMT) is assisting the local emergency operations centers (EOC) in maintaining a strong situational awareness of recovery efforts. This partnership will provide a greater framework for all relief agencies currently in the area, which in turn will guide the overall recovery.


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