I am heading to Texas to lend a hand and I am raising funds to help offset out of pocket costs for this operation. Dont worry I wont be staying in a Four Seasons downing whiskey sours with these funds and will provide accounting of every cost / expenditure incurred with receipts as feasible. I am not with an NGO and have already raised funds for the one we support every time Team Rubicon. If your looking for an NGO to donate to give to Team Rubicon !
There are all sorts of Taboo's about deploying to disaster zones especially when your not with any one particular agency. In my experience over the years going into these places be it the remote jungles of Panama, Haiti (twice), the Philippines etc. as an individual has enabled me to help the most. There are so many incredible initiatives, NGO's private business owners, government agencies etc. all pitching in with the best intent. However a major area that often jeopardizes the efficiency of any response environment is interoperability and de-siloing all of these efforts. That is the role I typically play.
In Panama we did a lot of work helping remote indigenous communities in times of sever flooding.
For Hurricane Sandy we were able to connect Team Rubicon with Brooklyn Boulders, which provided a base of operations for hundreds of veterans - which facilitated the largest response to date the org ever undertook.
In the Philippines we were able to help mesh the efforts of Domestic government response agencies, NGOS and the private sector.
In Haiti we did everything from Search and rescue to the construction and oversight of field hospitals, last mile logistics etc.
I hit the ground in these places with a pre-arranged network of collaborators and then connect everyone where there are best fits and need gaps. That’s my intent for Texas. In the past we have helped Team Rubicon, Hope for Haiti and a number of other operations.
All funds go 100% to offset operational costs. This may entail paying for sat time for small NGOs who cant afford it, gas for boats, flight tickets, medical supplies etc. these trips usually cost me anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 - most of which I cover out of pocket.
Any help to offset out of pocket costs on this go-around would be greatly appreciated. We already raised $1,500 for our favorites disaster response Org. Team Rubicon and now its time to get into it.
Thank you to all of those that have already helped and donated funds to TR - most notably the Santa of SatCom Steve! Legend as always.
- Lou Haack
- Fredric Levin
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