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Situation Report: Dozens of Residents Rescued

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Dennis Clancey

A former U.S. Army infantry captain and Iraq veteran, Dennis Clancey joined Team Rubicon as a volunteer in 2014, responding to the 2015 Nepal earthquakes and Texas floods. In September 2015, he joined the organization full-time as the Deputy Director in charge of global disaster response.

Three Team Rubicon water rescue teams are currently on the ground in Houston providing support to residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Volunteers rescued 39 residents on Tuesday. Three additional boat teams remain on standby at the National Operations Center, and rescue operations are expected to continue for the next 2-3 days. 

Our teams are working to orchestrate helicopter support to identify areas of Houston with stranded residents. Personnel on the ground are in coordination and being tracked by those at our National Operations Center (NOC) in Dallas, as it is our top priority to maintain the safety of our teams downrange. 

An additional 15 volunteers have been dispatched to provide logistical support at the NOC, as well as six local volunteers to conduct reconnaissance to aid rescue operations in the Houston area. 

The bulk of Team Rubicon’s work lies in the weeks and months ahead. We anticipate sending hundreds of trained volunteers to support the Houston-area communities with the significant clean-up that lies ahead.


How can you support the mission? Sign up to volunteer with the team or make a donation to support those in the field.