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Update: Irma Response and Harvey Recovery

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 of Field Operations in charge of global disaster response.

Hurricane Irma was recorded to be the strongest storm ever measured in the open Atlantic Ocean with its 185 mile-per-hour winds and record-breaking low pressure. Now that Irma has come and gone, our teams are getting on the ground to help the communities affected recover.

Team Rubicon’s response to Hurricane Irma has been constantly evolving as our team gathers more intel. This past weekend, Team Rubicon sent four reconnaissance teams in the field to evaluate how to best respond to Irma. Since then, we’ve launched operations in Clay, Brevard, and Collier County. All three operations will share the same name of Operation Sawgrass with their county names as modifiers.

Team Rubicon is conducting damage assessments, debris removal, muck‐outs, sawyer operations, and spontaneous volunteer management services to affected communities. This response is only the start of what will be long-term operations led by Region IV.

While operations in response to Irma are spinning up, there are teams still fully invested in helping Texas residents recover from Hurricane Harvey. Since Harvey made landfall, Team Rubicon has deployed 768 volunteers with 424 serving remotely. They’ve already logged 25,000 hours and serviced 135 homes across the Gulf Coast. We are still expecting to mobilize 2,000 volunteers to Texas over the next 6 weeks to help with the recovery process.

We will continue to serve Texas and Florida while monitoring ongoing threats. Our team is currently monitoring the path of Hurricane Maria to see how we can support those affected by the new Category 5 storm surging in the Caribbean.

We’re also assessing where we can support those affected by the 7.1M earthquake in Mexico. Our team will continue to post updates as they become available.


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