As of Saturday morning tornado relief volunteers will be organized by Team Rubicon. Until then, volunteers should continue doing what they’re doing.
Team Rubicon public liaison officer Wes Craiglow, a local veteran and the city’s deputy planning director, said that the organization expects to begin volunteer management out of three volunteer resource centers at 8 a.m. Saturday; at Home Depot in Conway, Beryl Baptist Church in Vilonia, and at Mayflower Outdoors at 57 Interstate Drive in Mayflower.
Team Rubicon has called a meeting of “group leaders from all current and prospective volunteer organizations working in the county” to meet at 4 p.m. Friday at Home Depot in Conway.
Currently, volunteers are checking in at Beryl Baptist Church in Vilonia and city hall in Mayflower, where they’re given volunteer ID tags and assigned a place to go help.
Team Rubicon is a national group of military veterans that make it their mission to bring military-grade organization and know-how to civilian disaster zones.
Team Rubicon members have already reconnoitered the storm path, using GIS technology to make a disaster severity map of the tornado’s path that will guide where volunteers are sent and what they’re sent to do.