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Hurricane Matthew updates

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  • Haiti has been severely affected by Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in several years. Hurricane Matthew has left hundreds dead and caused significant widespread damage.
  • Team Rubicon is in Haiti now.

You can support our response here, or text TRHM16 £10 to 70070 to donate to Team Rubicon UK and make a difference today (JustTextGiving by Vodafone).

26 October 2016

The second wave of Greyshirts landed in Port Au Prince late on Monday night, and have begun the handover/takeover process with those about to demobilise. This will ensure a smooth transition of information and minimise the impact on the ongoing recovery work.

the Second Wave getting an arrival brief from TR Volunteer Steve Knight
The Second Wave getting an arrival brief from TR Volunteer Steve Knight

20 October 2016

Team Rubicon volunteer David Wiseman has an update on our Hurricane Matthew response in Haiti.

16 October 2016

Greyshirts building a frame for a temporary school in Haiti
Greyshirts building a frame for a temporary school in Haiti

Team Rubicon Greyshirts have been working with local organisations including Hope for Haiti to kick-start the process of rebuilding following the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew. Our volunteers joined with Hope for Haiti and local volunteers to erect a temporary classroom structure at one school so that children can get back to learning as quickly as possible.

14 October 2016

Additional volunteers from Team Rubicon have arrived in Haiti and are moving to Les Cayes region, an affected area in south Haiti, to begin work including debris management, repairs and other tasks as identified by our needs assessment.

Debris and trees like this are blocking access to settlements
Debris and trees are blocking access to settlements

Team Rubicon UK is joined by Team Rubicon Canada, who have provided a sawyer to assist with clearing debris and trees that are blocking roads and impeding access to isolated settlements.

13 October 2016

Nine additional volunteers are now en route to Haiti to join our team already in the country. They will provide resources and skills to aid the recovery process in the form of debris management and road clearance, repairs, water and sanitation where possible, plus further needs assessments to remote communities which remain unassisted.

11 October 2016

Team Rubicon UK chairman General Sir Nick Parker was interviewed by Forces TV for Monday’s Forces News:

The interview is at around 5:30.

Nick also has this appeal:

You can support our response on JustGiving, or text TRHM16 £10 to 70070 to donate to Team Rubicon UK and make a difference today (JustTextGiving by Vodafone).

10 October 2016

Dan Cooke, Shaun Ellis and Paul Taylor of Team Rubicon UK with their transportation
Dan Cooke, Shaun Ellis and Paul Taylor of Team Rubicon UK with their transportation

Our team have started work in Haiti. They are liaising with local and international agencies, attending cluster meetings and assessing the situation on the ground to best understand the scope of TR involvement.

The next wave of volunteers is mobilising now, and volunteers are working at Team Rubicon UK HQ to prepare further personnel for deployment.

Chairman of Team Rubicon UK General Sir Nick Parker has this update:

“Team Rubicon is a disaster relief charity formed by ex-Servicemen and women, started in the US, and which we are now growing in UK. Its national HQ is in Chilmark. This is the first time that the Team Rubicon volunteers from UK have led a deployment to a disaster. The advance team led by Dan Cooke, an ex-Firefighter from Salisbury, and 3 volunteers are already in Port au Prince and fly into Les Cayes today to make detailed assessments, set up the forward base and start helping the victims of this tragedy. Meanwhile we will bring the first wave of volunteers through Chilmark and deploy them to Haiti as soon as possible. We aim to have a strike team of twelve volunteers operating continuously for the next three weeks; they will clear debris, set up shelters, deliver supplies and, as veterans of our great Armed Forces, help in any way they can.  If there is the demand for more people we will do our best to deploy them. Team Rubicon gets right to the heart of a disaster, it needs support from volunteers and donations.”

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9 October 2016

Team Rubicon's response team get a briefing on the current situation in Haiti from local partners Hope for Haiti
Team Rubicon’s response team get a briefing on the current situation in Haiti from local partners Hope for Haiti (image: Jesse Levin)

A team of three SAR (Search and Rescue) medics from Team Rubicon UK have arrived in Haiti and have received a briefing from local partners. They are meeting up with an additional volunteer from Team Rubicon Canada before flying out to an affected area in South Haiti to continue recce work and assess the scope of a fuller Team Rubicon response.

7 October 2016

CEO of Team Rubicon Global and TR co-founder William McNulty reports back from Haiti:

TR Global CEO William McNulty surveys hurricane damage in Haiti
TR Global CEO William McNulty surveys hurricane damage in Haiti

“I’m seeing massive destruction to property and crops in the affected areas. Low lying areas near rivers and streams were exceptionally vulnerable. I’ve seen a dozen washed out roads or bridges. Although I haven’t seen any fatalities the property damage alone is staggering. There’s a tremendous need for route clearance/debris management teams in outlying villages. Chainsaws, axes, and heavy equipment will be needed to clear some larger trees blocking roadways. Big concern about all the standing water with Zika, dengue, and malaria present so there is a big need for water and sanitation support. The Haitians are resilient though. They’ve been through this before and are organizing community groups to clean up.”

2 Responses to “Hurricane Matthew updates”

  1. Gordon Larin

    Team Canad-eh packed and good2go “nous sommes votre support” ~ put me IN coach! TR1000123

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  2. Diane Crotty

    Please be safe. Continue to do good. Love, Mom

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