McKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. – Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, has wrapped up "Operation Bridge to Snowhere," their disaster relief effort launched in response to heavy snow storms in Lane County, the organization said.
The 5-day operation began on March 2, 2019, when Team Rubicon volunteers began clearing roadways and assisting residents who were trapped in their homes.
Remaining requests for assistance have been transferred to Upper McKenzie Rural Fire District as of March 12. Residents can reach Upper McKenzie Rural FD at (541) 822-3479.
According to Team Rubicon, 26 volunteers logged 876 hours as they cleared accumulated snowfall, fallen trees and other hazards from 15 properties and 7 miles of road.
"The efforts of Team Rubicon resulted in a volunteer labor impact and community cost savings of over $25,000," the organization said in a news release.
“We would like to thank the community of McKenzie Bridge and Lane County for their hospitality during the operation,” said Aaron Marshal, Operation Incident Commander.
Team Rubicon boasts a 90,000-strong, highly skilled volunteer force that helps communities stabilize and recover after a devastating natural disaster, the organization stated.
"Since its inception following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has responded to 325 disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and Michael. Through a strong communications infrastructure supported by our cutting-edge technological solutions, Team Rubicon volunteers efficiently and effectively respond to natural disasters and help families return to their homes as soon as possible."
By giving military veteran volunteers the opportunity to continue their service through disaster response, Team Rubicon says they provide them an avenue to gain a renewed sense of purpose, community, and identity.
About Team Rubicon:
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping those affected by disasters, and also themselves.
Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country.
To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.