veterans providing disaster relief | meet Team Rubicon
what is Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon's primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be them domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible.
Through continued service, Team Rubicon seeks to provide our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, Team Rubicon looks to help veterans transition from military to civilian life.
how it all started
On January 12th, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Hundreds of thousands were killed, nearly one million Haitians were rendered homeless in a matter of moments.Essential services, medical care, government agencies, clean water, were all disrupted. Images of the aftermath, of the tent cities, of the overflowing medical clinics, of the food lines, were broadcast across the world.
Two Marines, Jake Wood and William McNulty, knew they could help. Together with six other veterans and first responders, they gathered funds and medical supplies from friends and family and flew into the Dominican Republic. They rented a truck, loaded their gear, and headed west to Haiti
When they crossed the Artibonite, the river between Haiti and the Dominican, they crossed their rubicon; the initial group of eight were irrevocably committed to their task of providing aid to Haiti. And they did. They treated thousands of patients, traveling to camps deemed “too dangerous” by other aid organizations. They ventured outside the traditional scale of disaster response, focusing on those who would be overlooked and untreated.
where do your donations go
When a disaster strikes, Team Rubicon deploys to the area and sets up a Forward Operating Base (FOB). These FOBs consist of an Incident Command Post, Satellite Communications, Communications Tent, Medical and Mess Tent, Heavy Equipment Area, Gear Maintenance Station, Logistics Trailer, Gear Storage, and the Flag Pole Debriefing Area. $10,000 would fund a Forward Operating Base for 10 days, which is the average length of a domestic disaster response operation.