Veteran-led disaster response conducts flood operations in Oneida cCounty

Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, has launched Operation Northern Forks to support residents of Oneida County following the July floods.

Team Rubicon will conduct damage assessment and provide debris-removal and muck-out operations.

Team Rubicon performs its services at no cost to those affected, thanks to the generosity of donors. Residents seeking assistance are urged to call 211 Assistance to be added to Team Rubicon’s work order list.

“It’s incredible to see volunteers converge from all over the country right here in my home county. Growing up in Oneida County, I’ve learned that this community is resilient and will always come together when we need it. And now, I get to show other volunteers that, too!”

-Abbey Woodcock, Incident Commander

The group’s Forward Operating Base is at Sauquoit Valley High School, where they will continue operations through Sunday, July 16.

Through a strong communications infrastructure supported by cutting-edge technological solutions, Team Rubicon volunteers efficiently and effectively respond to natural disasters and help get stricken families back into their homes as soon as possible. Beyond disaster relief, Team Rubicon helps veterans find a renewed sense of purpose, which is vital as many veterans return to civilian life after their time in the military.

U.S. Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty founded the nonprofit in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake. It has grown from eight to over 43,000 volunteers with over 200 operations under its belt, including Superstorm Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and Hurricane Matthew

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