Saturday, May 3, 2014

Veteran-Led Team Rubicon Lends Much-Needed Hand in Storm Cleanup

LOUSVILLE, MS., MAY 3, 2014 –Team Rubicon begins its response yesterday throughout Winston, County to help residents affected by last week’s tornados. The disaster relief organization, comprised of military veterans and first responders, mobilized immediately with chainsaw, damage assessment, and debris removal teams.

Over twenty volunteers, from multiple states, arrived over the last few days, and will continue to arrive throughout the week, in what Team Rubicon dubbed Operation: Red Hills. During the response, Team Rubicon will clear trees from roadways and residents’ properties —opening access to services and easing the burden on those impacted at no cost to the community.

Team Rubicon Strike Teams will begin the day at 9:00 a.m. at 201 Ivy Ave Louisville at the press box of the baseball field. The team will be performing tree and limb removal and general storm-related property clean up. Residents who require assistance from Team Rubicon can contact the local operation by calling Jerrod Finlay at 256-473-5159 and a Damage Assessment team dispatched to the residence.

In addition to helping residents, highly-skilled assessment teams are preparing data, such as cubic-feet debris estimates, to assist Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and FEMA.

Beyond disaster relief, Team Rubicon helps veterans find a renewed sense of purpose—vital as many return to civilian life after more than a decade of war.

The nonprofit was founded in the wake of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake by Jake Wood and William McNulty, both Marine veterans. It has grown from eight to 14,000 members with 53 operations under its belt, including Haiti, Superstorm Sandy, Oklahoma Tornadoes, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

To learn more about Team Rubicon’s mission, or to become a supporter, visit

About Team Rubicon Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit