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Update on Hurricane Harvey Response

Andrew Glenn

Andrew serves as Team Rubicon's Training Product Development Associate. Andrew was born at West Point from a long line of Army vets and graduated from Penn State with a degree in economics and a minor in international relations. He’s been lucky enough to live in Germany and England as a kid, studied abroad in Tokyo, and is now a reformed expat having returned to Los Angeles after 8 years in Australia where he completed two graduate degrees, volunteered as a lifeguard, and successfully survived sun exposure. He also likes tacos and puppies.

Team Rubicon’s response to Hurricane Harvey continues to evolve. Currently, six floodwater rescue teams are conducting door-to-door searches in and around Houston while reconnaissance teams conduct preliminary damage assessments.

Some highlights:

  • One team was able to check in with the Beaumont Sheriff’s Department, conduct an evacuation, clear two full neighborhoods, and report that 35 homes were marked clear so no additional resources would be sent to conduct search missions. They also conducted recon in the Bevil Oaks and China neighborhoods to identify needs for incoming crews and are working alongside the local fire department.
  • A second rescue team conducted five evacuations, including two elderly residents and their daughter.
  • Last, another team conducted 21 rescues and evacuated 27 canines at an animal shelter. Multiple teams will support animal control operations tomorrow.

In total, 89 members have been deployed to Texas, with several personnel providing support from the National Operations Center in Dallas. Team Rubicon is also spinning up its mass mobilization phase, with plans to deploy hundreds of volunteers to conduct a large scale clean-up effort for at least eight weeks to focus on debris removal, muck out, heavy equipment, and chainsaw operations, as well as damage assessments and expedient home repair.

Team Rubicon will begin mobilizing volunteers to Rockport, TX, where over 1,500 homes sustained damaged from Harvey, and as we work to identify additional areas of operation and prepare for an influx of volunteer support, we are also evaluating our long-term recovery phase. With an outpouring of public support, we are committed to providing impact in Houston-area communities as long as we are needed.

How can you help?

  1. Make an online donation to support our operations or text HARVEY to 87872.
  2. Sign up to volunteer. Then get trained up so you’re ready to deploy.
  3. Share the story of Team Rubicon.