Bucks County Herald

Bucks, Hunterdon veterans needed for hurricane recovery efforts

DROVES (Disaster Relief Optimization Volunteer Effort Society), a local emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation agency, has partnered with TEAM RUBICON, a nonprofit organization.

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with emergency managers to deploy the most effective emergency recovery teams, to recruit veteran volunteers from the local community to ensure the success of recovery efforts as a result of a particularly vigorous hurricane season in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas.

“Now that the unusually destructive 2017 hurricane season is finally over, emergency management operations in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas are transitioning from response to recovery,” according to Droves President and emergency management expert Sean C. Kielty.

“Homes need to be rebuilt, cars repaired, property reclaimed or replaced in order for the lives of the victims of these natural disasters to return to some semblance of normality,” said Kielty, who is also a 16-year-veteran of the United States Air Force.

“Veteran volunteers with Team Rubicon can accelerate this process by bringing military expediency and professionalism to a process that is too often bogged down by bureaucratic inefficiencies.”

Team Rubicon is offering to cover the travel, lodging and meal costs of volunteer veterans who can spare at least eight days to directly assist with hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Florida or Texas.

Team Rubicon is specifically looking for veterans with professional experience, in either their military or civilian lives, with the following occupations: auto mechanics; electrical work; carpentry; computer networking; plumbing; or telecommunications.

Volunteer service is welcome and needed by those without those specific skills, however.

Local veterans interested in volunteering can sign up at teamrubiconusa.org/volunteer/.

Kielty adds “This Saturday is Veterans Day – a day for recognizing, celebrating and honoring our military veterans. In my humble opinion, the best way for veterans to honor both our service and our nation is to use the skills the United States military gave us to help our fellow Americans in their time of need.”

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