VILONIA, AR -- The following is a news release from Team Rubicon, the group coordinating relief efforts in Faulkner County.
1. On Saturday, our Volunteer Resource Centers, staffed by our partners from All Hands Volunteers and the AR DreamCenter, processed 4,600 volunteers in support of debris removal across Faulkner County. In total, this accounts for more than 40,000 documented man-hours of work. These logged hours can offset the amount owed by communities who receive financial assistance from the federal government in the wake of a disaster.
2. On Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m., the Resource Center located at First Baptist Church in Vilonia will close permanently. All volunteers who wish to participate in debris removal efforts in the Vilonia area are encouraged to register at Beryl Baptist Church, our primary VRC for that area.
3. Beginning Monday, all Team Rubicon VRCs will be open for volunteer registration and dispatch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. These hours will be consistent through Friday, May 9, at which time we will reassess the demand for longer hours in anticipation of another surge of weekend volunteers.
4. Team Rubicon firmly supports the directive issued by our partners at the Faulkner County Judge’s office with regards to burning debris. The burning of non-vegetative materials often releases dangerous airborne particulate matter and poses a serious risk to both local residents and volunteer work crews, as well as residents in downwind communities.
5. We are humbled by the number of volunteers offering residential debris removal services in Faulkner County this weekend. Team Rubicon and our partners encourage regional volunteers to stay motivated to serve, as our challenge is great. This effort will take weeks, and anyone who desires to volunteer is encouraged to contact us throughout the month of May through our TR Hotline at 469-301-1865 or by stopping by one of our designated VRCs.
6. Team Rubicon echoes the most recent press releases from Faulkner County with respect to patience and understand by local residents. With a debris field of this size, it will take weeks to address the entire area. Affected residents can continue to reach out for assistance at the TR Hotline to request assistance, and we will deploy a damage assessment team as quickly as possible.
7. Team Rubicon is proud and grateful to work in concert with our partners at All Hands Volunteers and the AR DreamCenter. A scope of work of this magnitude could not be successfully completed without their assistance in staffing the VRCs and processing volunteers into work orders. Team Rubicon expresses our deepest gratitude for their expertise and service.
Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves.
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