Disaster Recovery

Operation Kukui Kokua

Team Rubicon USA - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:34
Team Rubicon provided flood mitigation services to the community of Honokohua, HI.

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Empire State Division EDS Prepares for MLK Weekend Winter Storm

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:32
Empire State Division, NY - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Teams based across the Empire State Division are currently preparing for severe winter weather headed for the Northeast this weekend.  The storm is expected to blanket Upstate New York with a foot of snow, with some areas across the Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley and Capital Region expecting up to 20 inches of snow.  The storm will then draw in arctic air and strong winds, [READ MORE]

Philippines: Tropical Depression Amang - Jan 2019

Reliefweb.int - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 18:00
GLIDE number: EC-2019-000006-PHL
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Philippines

Heavy rainfall (greater than 7.5 mm per hour) is currently expected over Caraga Region (Region XIII), Davao Region (Region XI) and Eastern Visayas (VIII). The weather disturbance is expected to make landfall over the southern part of Davao region and traverse north through Caraga, Eastern Visayas up to Bicol region.

Caraga is particularly vulnerable as these are mountainous areas with river valleys and are susceptible to floods and landslides. The current landfall is forecasted for Caraga Region, Surigao del Sur Province located along the northeastern coast of Mindanao. Situated west is the Diwata Mountain Range, isolating the province from the rest of Mindanao.

Caraga is susceptible to landslides due to its rugged terrain, while the Agusan River Valley (the third largest river basin in the country, with a total drainage area of 11,937 square kilometres and an estimated length of 390 kilometres from its head origin in Compostela Valley) that stretches all the way to Davao, Butuan and Surigao makes the region prone to flash floods. (IFRC, 18 Jan 2019)


Date: 18 Jan 2019
Status: Ongoing

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Miss Run As One

Team Rubicon USA - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:50
As spring starts to peek its head out from the brutal darkness of winter, we start to hear whispers around TR nation about the annual Run As One that is collectively held every April with other national veteran organizations. As many people rally the troops to start planning their local Run As One, others are … Read More

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The Beginning of Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon USA - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 15:02
January 13, 2010 started for me like most mornings did. After coming home from the gym, I peeled off my damp shirt and threw it in the hamper. Returning to the kitchen I took a carton of eggs out of the refrigerator and cracked them one by one into a sizzling pan on the stove. … Read More

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Shaken Not Stirred

Team Rubicon USA - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 16:49
Following the 7.0M earthquake in Alaska, Team Rubicon volunteers provided disaster relief in the form of structural assessments and debris clean-up and removal.

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Operation December Winds

Team Rubicon USA - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 13:04
Team Rubicon volunteers provided disaster relief to residents in central Illinois after numerous tornados touched down in the beginning of December, 2018.

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Operation Hard Six

Team Rubicon USA - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 11:38
Team Rubicon volunteers aided the community of Butt County following the Camp Fire in November of 2018.

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Lebanon: Lebanon: Severe Local Storm - Jan 2019

Reliefweb.int - Sun, 01/06/2019 - 18:00
GLIDE number: ST-2019-000002-LBN
Disaster type: Flood, Severe Local Storm
Affected countries: Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic

Lebanon started feeling the effects of a heavy storm on Sunday 6 January 2019. Heavy rain, high winds and colder temperatures were reported all over Lebanon. Some regions were affected by either floodings, erosions or heavy snow. This situation reports highlights the impact of the storm on Syrian refugees and response that followed. 50,000 refugees living in around 850 informal settlements could be affected by floodings.

The impact of the storm ‘Norma’ has necessitated the activation of an extreme weather response over the weekend following referrals received and forecast indicating a drop in temperatures, with snowfall at lower altitudes. Assessment of damage is underway and response has started to affected areas. Extreme weather response is being coordinated by MoSA and UNHCR through the Inter-Agency coordination mechanism.

At minimum 66 informal settlements have been found heavily impacted by the flooding, 15 of which have been completely flooded or collapsed. Around 300 refugees have been relocated so far in the North and the Bekaa. No injuries or casualties have been reported to date. (UNHCR, 7 Jan 2018)

Storm "Norma" has caused damages to infrastructure, roads and homes across Lebanon, putting at least 70,000 refugees at risk, more than half of whom are children, based on the latest humanitarian update. "The storm has caused the collapse of many tents and flooding of several informal settlements to the points that refugees had to evacuate to alternative locations," says Giovanni Rizzo, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Area Manager in Bekaa. (NRC, 10 Jan 2019)

At least 700 Syrian refugees have been evacuated and 900 Syrian refugees are displaced by the impact of the storm (IFRC 9/1/2019; Syria Direct 9/1/2019;). Akkar, Baalbek-Hermel and Bekaa governorates are worst hit by heavy snowfall and flooding. Priority needs are shelter, winterisation kits including blankets, warm clothes, and heating fuel as well as health, WASH and food assistance. (ACAPS, 13 Jan 2019)


Date: 07 Jan 2019
Status: Alert

Leaning Into New Capabilities

Team Rubicon USA - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:07
New year, same mission. New year, more urgency than ever. 2018 decimated communities across America and around the world. Records were broken. Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, you read the headlines. Families across the world faced these head-on. Team Rubicon (TR) is aggressively leaning into 2019. Here are a few things we’re focused on and using … Read More

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Thailand: Tropical Storm Pabuk - Jan 2019

Reliefweb.int - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 18:00
GLIDE number: TC-2019-000001-THA
Disaster type: Flood, Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam

Tropical storm Pabuk is heading west-northwest towards southern Thailand strengthening and is expected to make landfall in Thailand on Friday evening. Strong winds with maximum speed of 65 km/h and heavy rain will affect Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand. High amounts of rainfall are expected to affect southern Thailand, where flash flooding and landslides are possible. Southern Myanmar and Vietnam will be affected by heavy rain and possible flooding. (ECHO, 2 Jan 2019)

On 3 January at 0.00 UTC, its center was located approx. 250 km north-east of Kuala Terengganu (Terengganu State, Malaysia) and 650 km south-east of Nakhon Si Thammarat (Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand) with maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h. Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge are forecast for southern Thailand, northern Malaysia, southern Myanmar, southern Vietnam, and southern Cambodia from 3-5 January (ECHO, 3 Jan 2019.)

Heavy rainfall, with the risk of flash flooding and landslides, strong winds and storm surge could affect southern Thailand, southern Myanmar, northern Malaysia and Andaman Islands over 4-6 January. The Authorities in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province (Thailand) have issued evacuation orders for more than 30,000 people living in six seaside districts. (ECHO, 4 Jan 2019)

Tropical storm Pabuk made landfall on 4 January 2019 at 05.45 UTC in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat in Thailand, causing damage to houses and infrastructure, leaving up to 200,000 persons without electricity. Thai authorities reported one dead and one missing person. On 5 January 2019, TC Pabuk was downgraded into a tropical depression as it moved into the Andaman Sea. A yellow alert was issued for Andaman Islands (India), where TC Pabuk is predicted to make landfall on 6 January 2019. (ECHO, 5 Jan 2019)

Tropical Storm PABUK has now passed over Thailand and is moving north northwest towards the Andaman Islands (India), where landfall as a deep depression is expected around 13:00 (UTC) on 6 January 2019. Thai authorities (Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation) now report that 34,089 people were evacuated as a precaution to Tropical Storm PABUK, with eight southern provinces affected and almost 2 000 houses damaged. Media reports that three deaths have occurred. (ECHO, 6 Jan 2019)

Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall in southern Thailand on 4 January, bringing widespread and torrential rainfall affecting 720,885 people and damaging farmland and houses in 16 provinces. Provincial authorities are leading the relief operation with support from national government, Thai Red Cross and local NGOs. (OCHA, 7 Jan 2019)


Date: 02 Jan 2019
Status: Ongoing

Philippines: Tropical Depression Usman - Dec 2018

Reliefweb.int - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 18:00
GLIDE number: EC-2018-000426-PHL
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Philippines

Tropical Depression Usman has caused flood and landslides affecting around 130 000 persons from Regions IV-A (Calabarzon), IV-B (Mimaropa), V (Bicol), and VIII (Eastern Visayas). According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 68 have died and 19 are still missing. Four provinces in Region V (Bicol) and 8 municipalities in Orinetal Mindoro have been placed under state of calamity. These are Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, and Camarines Norte where most of the victims of landslides are located. Some affected provinces have asked for public donations. (ECHO, 01 Jan 2019)

On 29 December 2018, Tropical Depression "Usman" made landfall in the vicinity of Borongan, Eastern Samar, at 6:00 AM, and weakened into a low pressure area (LPA). Over 4,300 persons were affected in 5 provinces. (Govt. of Philippines, 29 Dec 2018)

As of 30 December, 2018, at least 128,000 people were affected in 26 provinces in Regions V, VIII, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA. More than 13,000 people are staying in 112 evacuation centers. (Govt. of Philippines, 30 Dec 2018)

Rescue teams in the Philippines on Sunday searched for dozens of missing residents after Cyclone Usman swept through the Southeast Asian archipelago, leaving 22 people dead. The tropical storm brought heavy rain to the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions, causing massive flooding and landslides, the country's civil defense office said. At least 16 people died in Bicol while six others were killed in Eastern Visayas, civil defense officials said. (Deutsche Welle, 30 Dec 2018)


Date: 25 Dec 2018
Status: Alert
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