Forward Watch, March 19
The breadth of Team Rubicon’s capabilities is currently on display, with Greyshirts serving communities affected by winter storms, wildfires, floods, and COVID-19.
Winter Storm Uri
Winter Storm Uri caused widespread damage across Texas and the Southeast; devastating communities unaccustomed to severe winter weather. In Texas, it’s estimated that the storm will cost the state $200 billion – more than Hurricane Harvey in 2017. As far away as the Northeast, people experienced power outages, fallen trees, and flooded homes.
Alongside local authorities, Team Rubicon is helping communities in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Texas.
Greyshirts are assisting the community with muck-outs and debris removal after additional flooding affected homeowners whose houses had already been damaged by Winter Storm Uri.
Team Rubicon began supporting the City of Livingston by clearing debris to aid with power restoration shortly after the storm hit.
Work in the area has concluded as of March 16.
Team Rubicon provided chainsaw operations and debris removal for residents in need.
Greyshirts began mucking out a home that suffered flooding from the storm on March 14 and will return on March 20–21 to finish the job.
Santa Ysabel, CA
In San Diego County, Greyshirts are deploying to the Rey River Ranch to assist with wildfire mitigation beginning March 19. Greyshirts will cut and remove downed and dead trees that create fire hazards for the area’s residents.
On the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii, torrential rains have caused flooding and landslides, and raised fears of dam failures.
Greyshirts began providing muck-outs and debris removal for affected homeowners on March 17. Additional damage assessment teams are identifying where else Team Rubicon can lend assistance.
Wayne County, West Virginia
Multiple winter storms and heavy rain events that caused widespread flooding throughout Wayne County. Greyshirts have been deployed to conduct muck-outs for community members in need who have been affected by the flooding.
Navajo Nation Medical Support
Since November, Team Rubicon has been providing Greyshirt RN’s, paramedics, and EMT’s to relieve healthcare workers at the Gallup Indian Medical Center as they face a high rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
More Greyshirts and medical equipment have been deployed to provide logistical and on-site support for the Navajo Nation’s vaccination efforts.
Vaccine Distribution Support
Team Rubicon is actively involved in making COVID-19 vaccinations available to all by providing medical support, logistics, wraparound support services, and EOC support for vaccinations across the country. By performing these services for the medical community, Team Rubicon allows healthcare workers to focus on administering vaccinations and providing primary care.
As of March 19, Team Rubicon has helped administer more than 597, 540 COVID-19 vaccinations in 35 cities.
Active Vaccination Support Operations
Kansas City, MO
St. Louis, MO
Henderson & Las Vegas, NV
El Paso, TX