Team Rubicon to take up volunteer coordination Saturday

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.

 

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