Team Rubicon was literally “born” out of the catastrophic earthquake that devastated the tiny island nation of Haiti January 12, 2010. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake killed over 100,000 people in the already poor country with few resources and services. After the quake, the citizens of Haiti needed everything; housing, food, water, and medical services.
Per their website, two Marine veterans, Jake Wood and William McNulty, knew they had skills that could help in Haiti. Together, with six other veterans and first responders, they gathered funds and medical supplies and flew into the Dominican Republic; the more developed country on the eastern side of the island.
There, they rented a truck, loaded their gear, and headed west to Haiti. The route is not easy under the best of circumstances, let alone under “disaster circumstances.” But their efforts in Haiti were rewarded a thousand times over and no more so than with the formation of Team Rubicon, the veteran-based service organization that has become “second responders” to disasters around the world.
Today, hundreds of Team Rubicon volunteers are deploying right here in America to Illinois and Wisconsin to lend a hand to some 2,200 Americans who have been displaced due to severe summer storms and flooding. The team is expecting to be on the ground for 45 days but have contingency plans to stay longer if needed.
Team Rubicon, an NGO, stays operational with donations from private citizens and corporations around the United States. The estimated cost for “Operation Fox Yeah” the current mission in Wisconsin and Illinois is expected to be about $215, 000.
Read more about Team Rubicon, their history and their future here. Please “like” their Facebook page for up-to-date information on their latest deployments. If you can, please donate here to help your neighbors to the North. Every dollar keeps Team Rubicon’s boots on the ground, here in the U.S and in far-flung regions around the globe.