Sri Lanka flooding – TRUK deploying a recce team

| Posted By: Nathan Nelson
Sri Lanka flooding – TRUK deploying a recce team

Update 5 June 2017 See below for a situation report from our recce team. Donate now to support our deployment to Sri Lanka. Team Rubicon UK has sent a four-man assessment team to Sri Lanka following severe flooding throughout the country. After two days of torrential rain 206 people have lost their lives and a further 92 are missing.The Government estimates more than 658,490 people have been... Read More »

Sitrep 30/05/17 – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and planned operations

  Sri Lanka: An estimated 558,000 people are understood to have been affected by flooding and mudslides caused by monsoon rains. TR Operations is in contact with the Sri Lanka authorities to assess how we might be able to assist and we have a recce team on standby. Bangladesh: Cyclone Mora has made landfall in Bangladesh bringing heavy rain and winds with the risk of... Read More »

Never accepting the limits of your endurance – TR volunteer Nick on completing the Marathon des Sables

How do you find yourself taking on the Marathon des Sables, renowned as the ‘World’s Toughest Footrace’? 250 kilometres across the Sahara in six stages over six days in the toughest of conditions; searing heat, gruelling sand dunes and the most inhospitable of environments.  You do it by scaring yourself, challenging yourself and never accepting the limits of your endurance. In 2015 my business partner... Read More »

How do you win the lottery? (or, how to get deployed on international ops)

We have had a few enquiries lately asking how we go about selecting Greyshirts for deliberate operations. The driver being why him or her and not me? Preamble Firstly, a little context. Unlike Team Rubicon USA we do not have a high frequency of rapid onset domestic disasters, so we need to look overseas to generate the opportunity to help those in need. That said... Read More »

Sitrep 02/05/17

| Posted By: Nathan Nelson
Sitrep 02/05/17

TRUK Operations continues to monitor the situation in East Africa while planning a range of reconstruction and partnered operations.... Read More »

Join a multi-agency disaster response exercise this May

| Posted By: Nathan Nelson
Join a multi-agency disaster response exercise this May

Here’s a great opportunity to join a multi-agency disaster response exercise, regardless of your level of previous engagement with TRUK. WHAT: Volunteers required to deploy on SIMEX – a multi-national, multi-agency disaster response training exercise. WHERE: The Team Rubicon input will be split between two locations: Team Rubicon UK Headquarters, Chilmark, Wiltshire SP3 5DU. Fort Widley, Portsmouth, Hampshire. WHEN: Saturday 6 May – Thursday 11 May 2017... Read More »

Training – what we’ve done and where we’re heading

Director of Field Operations Oz Lane has recently blogged about our progress with regional expansion in the UK and pre-planned international operations. Oz is back with the latest from TRUK Ops. For my latest update I want to give you all a run-down on what we have done and where we are heading on training. I am really proud of what we have achieved in a short space... Read More »

Sitrep 28/03/17

| Posted By: Nathan Nelson
Sitrep 28/03/17

Along with international partners, TRUK Ops is monitoring ongoing situations in Peru, East Africa and Northeast Australia. We are preparing for a range of deliberate (pre-planned) operations in Uganda (with Feed the Hungry), Nepal, Philippines, Haiti and South Sudan. Two Greyshirts are currently deployed to Greece where they are working with Dentaid to provide care to Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Make sure you follow us... Read More »

Building skills in security and risk management

| Posted By: Damien Earl
Building skills in security and risk management

Day 1 – Management of Risk After a five hour drive from Team Rubicon HQ I finally arrived at the Emergency Planning College in Easingwold, Yorkshire. So what was I doing here? To answer that question I should probably give a quick introduction. Having spent seven years in the military, as a human terrain analyst and cultural specialist, I left in 2014 to help establish a... Read More »

Strictly stars dance up a storm for TR

| Posted By: Nathan Nelson
Strictly stars dance up a storm for TR

On 18 April Nantwich Civic Hall hosted Keep Calm and Dance, a fundraising evening of dinner and dance. Stars of the show were AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt, professional dancers on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and European, British Open and National Dance Champions. The glittering evening was the brainchild of Greyshirt and London Ambulance Service Paramedic Rose Pescod. “The idea of this fundraiser came to me... Read More »