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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Operations Are Winding Down

Please be aware that Team Rubicon is now implementing plans to begin winding down operations inside Haiti. We have reached this decision because we have successfully helped "bridge the gap" between disaster and large NGO response. Large aid organizations now have the full weight of their might behind their logistics and operations, thus rendering us ineffective.

Please be aware that all contributions from this point WILL NOT be directly benefiting the relief effort in Haiti.

HOWEVER, Team Rubicon has decided to continue changing the face of disaster response. We promise to provide you, our donors and supporters, full transparency as we move forward to prepare for the next disaster, wherever it may strike in the world. This will be an ongoing and evolving process, but you can expect to remain fully informed throughout its development.

What you can expect from us in the near future:

  1. We will author and publish publicly a thorough After Action Report. We will email this report to our donor list, as well as publish it to our website.
  2. We will continue to work the media circuit in an attempt to shed light on what we feel is a "paradigm shift" in disaster response.
  3. We will author and submit an OpEd to newspapers around the country, explaining what went wrong in Haiti from our perspective, what we did to address it, and what organizations can learn as we move forward.
  4. We will develop and publicly distribute our Organizational Concept and Response Plan.
  5. We will continue to raise funds through various means, ensuring that we can quickly and adequately respond anywhere in the world within 24-36 hours of a catastrophe.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your generosity helped make this idea and dream a reality.

-Jake Wood and William McNulty, Team Rubicon Co-Founders


  1. It was our pleasure. Thank you for your hard work.

  2. Please share all your content/output with all the @CrisisCamp groups around the world #cchaiti

    And THANK YOU!

  3. Please! replace the equipment and supplies you left in Haiti with TeamR donations -- no one who donated would feel badly about that, and you will maintain your readiness.

  4. Honored to be a part and help.

    Looking forward to the AAR. I will be sharing it with my Pastor.

  5. Thank YOU! I too was honored to be a very small part of helping Team Rubicon. You were able to do what I could not to help the Haitians at a time of dire need.

  6. So proud of you all - you made such a difference in a difficult time and place. My family is honored to have played a small role and we look forward to seeing how much you can accomplish in the future.