That seems to be their focus, but they also incorporate "disaster professionals" such as first responders, medical professionals, and emergency managers. Since most everyone receives NIMS and ICS training, they all coordinate well.Its actually retired and ex service members of the US Military. It's on a voluntary basis and you're deployed depending on your geographic area. You have to live within 250 miles of the disaster or get special permission from HQ to deploy into the disaster area. There is a process you have to go through to get accepted as a member. One and the most important. Ex-Military. Hope this helps.
I worked with ServeMoore last summer for a week and we are going back in 2014 to work with them for another week. Still a lot to do there but it's on the recovery/rebuilding side.That seems to be their focus, but they also incorporate "disaster professionals" such as first responders, medical professionals, and emergency managers. Since most everyone receives NIMS and ICS training, they all coordinate well.
We signed up with Team Rubicon and contacted them to tell them that we were already in the area of the tornado damage in Moore, OK. A couple days passed and after the rescue efforts were finished we were able to find a local volunteer opportunity just assisting with cleanup via ServeMoore (they STILL need help BTW).
I believe the third day after I sent Team Rubicon an email, they emailed me back and I received a phone call about helping out with them. Unfortunately, that was on our last day there so we didn't get a chance to do anything thru them. They seemed well organized and eager to have the help. We are working on updating our info for them so that next time we'll be ready to deploy when we're able. The fact that they do an After Action Report after each incident, shows that they've got their heads in the right place.
Yes, showing up onscene to help out can be taxing on relief efforts and make it difficult for organizations to focus on their job. Of course anyone can show up claiming they have XYZ experience, but the organization has to be cautious and validate credentials of potential volunteers, otherwise it can be a huge liability. As medical professionals with a background in emergency care we both understood this, however that day we were placed on a disasters doorstep in OKC.I am a member of a search and rescue team. After a disaster hits is the wrong time to sign up with a disaster relief organization. Even if you are already on scene. If your serious about wanting to help you need to sign up ahead of time, make preparations and get some training. Those are the people who are going to get tasked first when this stuff happens. A disaster organization does not have time to check out your credentials in the middle of a disaster. They just don't have time for it so they don't know what you can do or how they can use you. Some basic training makes you far more valuable and easier to deploy.
The development of the organization and leadership over the years has really been substantial. TR is divided into 10 regions to mirror FEMA, and in 2013 regional positions were introduced in these areas: Field Operations, Resources, Planning, Programs, and Comms. Each is very different from one another, and will suit everyone differently. In our region that we work together very well, though, and there is a lot of crossover. There will be a further push to have those positions at a state level as well.Chris, thanks for posting! Can you tell us more about what it has been like on the regional leadership team? I've been seriously thinking about applying for a regional position for Region 4, but I'd love to hear someone's feedback. We received the emails about the Philippines and I was chomping at the bit, but we were all the way in Patagonia when we found out about the deployment.
Welcome aboard, Eric! Holler if you ever need anything TR related.EricM said:I just registered with TR. I am also registering with my local county SAR and ARES.