MISSOULA – A relief program that brings military veterans to the front lines of natural disasters is helping with Missoula’s flood emergency.
Team Rubicon arrived a few days ago at the request of Missoula County to help get sandbags filled.
This group of volunteers responds to any international disaster and has put manpower at the scene of hurricanes and earthquakes. Most of the volunteers are veterans who use their specialized military training to help those in the middle of a crisis.
“Team Rubicon actually started after the incident in Haiti and a few veterans got together and realized that, you know, we need people out here and we need boots on the ground and they just went out themselves and said whatever you need us for, we are here,” said Alex Schwier. “And since then, team Rubicon has grown and grown and grown. We had an immense amount of people come out for Hurricane Harvey which is cool and even just mobilizing here in Missoula. We plan to have 20 Team Rubicon members here through the week.”
Team Rubicon can use volunteers. All you need is a good pair of sturdy shoes and work pants. They are set up at the Orchard Homes Life Center on 3rd Street.
Volunteers can also register online to help assist with sandbagging.
Reporting by Jill Valley for MTN News