Team Rubicon and Omaze are partnering to raise money to empower 250 veterans to become first responders for Team Rubicon and to raise awareness about Team Rubicon.
This raffle, for donations of $5 or more, allows Team Rubicon supporters the chance to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences that simply cannot be bought or obtained in any other way.
The charity raffle kicks off on July 3rd and runs through August 3rd with new offerings every week. The raffles will offer drinking with celebrities and hanging out on sets of your favorite shows or playing RISK with one of the best strategic minds of our generation and doing some really incredible things...
In Indiana alone yesterday: 15 known dead, at least 17 tornadoes,11 counties are disaster areas. Indiana, though, is not alone. There were 76 known/confirmed tornadoes nationwide, and the devastation is just starting to be cataloged.
Help those who are helping those who need it the most right now: Team Rubicon. There will be other needs later, but first response needs all you can give.
Mission On Sunday, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the city of Van in Turkey; immediate death tolls are expected to rise above 1,000 as rescue workers continue to dig through the rubble. Initial reports are that local hospitals have been overwhelmed with casualties, and small rural communities in the surrounding hills lack easy access and communication. Over the course of the next week, weather is expected to worsen, with temperatures dipping to near freezing and rain or snow expected beginning Wednesday; this will hamper an already difficult rescue effort.
Yesterday, Team Rubicon deployed an initial scout team to Van consisting of two elite Air Force Special Operations Pararescuemen (PJs), Joshua Webster and Nathan Schmidt, and Team Rubicon's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Sutter. Both Webster and Schmidt have significant training in Search and Rescue operations, including Confined Space/Structural Collapse.
The team will hit the ground running in Van, immediately sending back a report to HQ and advising on whether full follow-on teams are necessary. Once established, the team will be able to assist and advise local authorities in survivor recovery efforts.
If necessary, Team Rubicon is on standby to send larger medical and rescue teams. Follow the team's progress as it happens on the TR blog.
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...On August 28th TR deployed a two-man advance team to conduct a pre-deployment site survey of the southern Punjab region. On arrival the team met with the PMA, secured transportation and lodging, and identified safe routes of travel for the arriving team. Once the main body arrived three days later, TR set out to flood affected areas near the town of Muzzafargarh. Along with a well-trained and motivated group of Pakistani doctors, TR was able to set up daily clinics and treat more than 1,000 people per day...
Here's the latest update from Team Rubicon's Pakistan Team Leader, William McNulty:
The Team Rubicon Pakistan mission is in many ways a pilot program for
American medical professionals who are apprehensive about working in
this country. Over the past few days TR has treated over 2,500 patients
in various parts of southern Punjab, an area devastated by the floods
and resulting water-borne disease. We treated patients for heat stroke,
malaria, multi-drug resistant TB, scabies, boils, diarrhea, and severe
dehydration. We were able to reach remote villages because we developed a
local partner who facilitated our entry, security, and other logistical
needs. Dr. Eduardo Dolhun noted that many of his colleagues wanted to
travel to Pakistan but were just too scared to commit. Given the
barriers to entry, including fear, I think we’ve proved that developing a
trusted local partner – in conjunction with local security forces – is a
safe way to bring medical relief to the 20 million plus Pakistani
people who have lost their homes due to the flooding crisis. God knows
they need it.
William McNulty Team Leader TR Pakistan
Be sure to check TR's blog with all of the updates (but a warning, as with Haiti, some of the photos are not for the weak hearted). When you donate to TR, this is what is done with your hard earned money - TR saves lives.
TR members working with/teaching Pakistani children on how to stay healthy during the floods.
Out of scalpels due to the amount of boils TR has seen. Used 14 gauge
needle to lance 3 boils on this girls face. “7 year old girl with
multiple boils on her head. Very anxious and screaming when she arrived.
Premedicated with augmentin and diazepam” says Dr. Dolhun.
With disease, flooding, and of course, extremist elements, TR is doing the best that they can to help the people of Pakistan. Go here to read more.
Dr. Eduardo Dolhun of Stanford reached out to TR to provide security
for this mission. The emphasis on security is highlighted by the recent
order by the Taliban to attack foreign aid workers. The team is
composed of veterans - former Army SF, former Navy Seals, former Army Infantry, and
Dr. Dolhun has a proprietary oral rehydration solution (ORS) called
Drip Drop that is used to treat cholera, dehydration, and disease. TR is
going to remote areas to, not only deliver the ORS solution, but train
people how to make it with locally available resources. Indigenizing the
solution is the end goal of this mission, so that those that TR trains are less
of a burden on the already stretched thin government and NGOs. Dolhun is
Mayo Clinic trained and educated, and he deployed with TR in Haiti. He
is an expert at treating cholera so TR's mission matches up well with the
conditions on the ground. TR is carrying enough solution to treat up
to 8,000 refugees. Dolhun wants to identify a solid partner on the
ground so more ORS can be shipped in after TR's departure.
I believe that Hugh Hewitt will have an exclusive with Team Rubicon who will be on his show live from Pakistan.
Beer, food, Team Rubicon?? We think so! Team Rubicon, looking to
harness the momentum it gained winning the Mobilize.org grant
competition in Los Angeles, CA, will be hosting a fundraiser at McFadden’s Saloon
in Chicago, IL.
Team Rubicon’s regional leaders are locking themselves in a
conference room all weekend to discuss the key initiatives TR will be
tackling for the rest of 2010. However, before that work begins, they
want to invite the HEART of Team Rubicon, YOU, out for a meet and greet!
So here are the details:
What: Team Rubicon Fundraiser/ Meet and Greet When: Friday, May 7th, from 6pm to 9pm (the unofficial
end time will be much later!) Where: McFadden’s Saloon, 1206 N. State Pkwy, Chicago,
IL Who: YOU! Plus TR Regional Leaders, and volunteers from
TR Chicago Why: Because we want you to know who you’re supporting
$30 will get you All
You Can Eat and Drink (tap, wine, wells) from 6-9. Team
Rubicon will receive $10 for every ticket sold. Additionally, TR is
working with local businesses and pro sports teams to donate items for a
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