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By Tracy Thompson
the Times 

Team Rubicon is here

National disaster relief organization's Operation 'Let 'er Muck' to begin this week


February 20, 2020

Tracy Thompson

Team Rubicon volunteers took a moment from strategizing their Waitsburg building inspections for this photo. From l-r: Bryan Martin heavy equipment organizer for the Waitsburg Flood Relief Committee, Team Rubicon volunteer; Dan Bozek of New York, N.Y., Allan Tompkins, Bend, Ore., Harry Hall, Prescott, Ariz., Nate Deneault, Montrose, Colo., Adrew Anganes, Lowell, Mass.

Team Rubicon (TR), a veteran-led disaster response organization, is on the ground in Waitsburg. Team Rubicon focuses on serving vulnerable and at-risk populations affected by disaster. Formed in 2010 by Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the name comes from the phrase "crossing the Rubicon" from a Julius Caesar battle, and refers to any group committing itself to a risky course of action.

Initially requested by Umatilla County Emergency Management, TR's services were subsequently requested by Walla Walla County Emergency Manageme...

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