Hurricane Harvey has descended on coastal communities of Texas and Louisiana, and Team Rubicon is monitoring its path and gathering information to learn how our team can support those who’ll need help recovering from the severe weather events.
Here’s a glimpse of our nationwide response force:
- 3,776 Team Rubicon volunteers reside in the state of Texas. Many are working to ensure their friends, family, and neighbors are out of harm’s way, all while waiting on orders to move in for flood relief when needed.
- Another 44,154 volunteers across the country remain at the ready, double-checking the contents of their go bags for when the call goes out. These are the men and women who say “send me” when it hits the fan.
- A dozen staff at Team Rubicon’s National Operations Center in Dallas, in concert with volunteer leaders across Region VI, are monitoring Harvey’s path, preparing a logistics plan, and staging reconnaissance teams to assess the situation on the coast, all while checking in with volunteers to ensure they’re trained and ready.
- Team Rubicon’s partners weigh in as force multipliers. Digital Globe allows us to view first look satellite imagery. Airbnb offers accommodations for reconnaissance teams. AirLink offers to move volunteers by air, while FEDEX covers freight and parcel. Tyson hauls our Mobile Command Center, and The Home Depot coordinates a store parking lot for it to land. Palantir and ITDRC offer technology support. The list goes on.
- Meanwhile, supporters in TR Nation are chipping in where they can to back up our team, because they trust those dollars will enable our nation’s best to tackle the worst.
“We will not launch a coordinated presence in the area until we can ensure our volunteers will not also become victims. We also want to ensure we do not drain strained emergency response resources. It could be a number of days, as soon as torrential rains subside. First step will be assessing the damage to determine where we can plug in to provide the greatest impact to the homeowners of greatest need, in the most vulnerable communities,” added Deputy Director of Field Operations Dennis Clancey.