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Veteran-led Team Rubicon Supporting Response and Recovery Efforts in the Wake of Hurricane Florence
By: Team Rubicon
Working in conjunction with state and local authorities, Team Rubicon volunteers will conduct damage assessments and provide home muck-out services, sawyer operations, expedient home repairs, and debris removal services to affected residents—helping to speed the recovery and rebuilding of these communities.
Residents affected by Florence may request assistance through Crisis Cleanup at 1-800-451-1954. Services requested through Crisis Cleanup are not guaranteed to be completed by Team Rubicon, but volunteers with the organization are manning the hotline and routing requests to partnering relief agencies in the affected area.
"Hurricane Florence was a devastating storm that downed trees and power lines and dropped a historic amount of rain in North Carolina – leading to widespread flooding," said William Porter, National Planning Manager at Team Rubicon. "Our teams are ready to put their disaster response skills to work to serve those impacted by Florence."
"Team Rubicon launched our largest operation to date in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and one year later, we're still rebuilding homes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico," said Co-founder and CEO Jake Wood. "We're ready to serve those impacted by Florence and are grateful for the trust and support of the public's hard-earned dollars to do so."
Team Rubicon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, funded by individual donors, corporations, foundations, and small businesses. The organization has received an outpouring of support in response to Florence, including donations and contributions from: The Home Depot Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG), USAA, PWC Charitable Foundation, Bob Woodruff Foundation, The Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas, Jack Links, Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), Ford Motor Company, Mercury One, and Carhartt.
Team Rubicon boasts an 85,000-strong, highly skilled volunteer force that helps communities stabilize and recover after a devastating natural disaster. Since its inception following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has responded to nearly 300 disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Through a strong communications infrastructure supported by our cutting-edge technological solutions, Team Rubicon volunteers efficiently and effectively respond to natural disasters and help families return to their homes as soon as possible. By giving military veteran volunteers the opportunity to continue their service through disaster response, Team Rubicon provides them an avenue to gain a renewed sense of purpose, community, and identity.
About Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping those affected by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon's mission, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.
DJ Sprenger, Public Affairs, Team Rubicon