Team Rubicon Picks a Fight with Sandy - ITS Tactical

Shop the ITS Store!


Team Rubicon Picks a Fight with Sandy

By Bryan Black

Team Rubicon Operation Greased LightningHurricane Sandy cut a mean path into the East Coast last week, but wasn’t able to affect the resolve of our country to pull together to help.

Team Rubicon is an organization I’m proud to personally be a member of and one that pairs the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations.

Before Hurricane Sandy even hit the U.S., Team Rubicon deployed 11 Veteran Emergency Response Teams up and down the East Coast in Operation Greased Lightning. Hours after the storm devastated local communities, 102 Team Rubicon volunteers from multiple Regions were providing emergency rescues, post disaster damage assessments, debris management and flood recovery operations.

This was a catastrophic event and an opportunity to help people that are in massive need. Within the coming days, Team Rubicon hopes to mobilize 1,000 veterans to NY and NJ. Street by street, home by home; it will be Fallujah, but with chainsaws and shovels instead of tanks and rifles.

With your help, Team Rubicon can send 1,000 veterans to join the hundreds already on the ground. To do this, they need to raise $50,000 by Veteran’s Day. 100% of every dollar you donate goes directly to the missions, NO salaries, NO overhead, NO exceptions!

Our friends at Triple Aught Design have joined in the pledge to support Operation Greased Lightning and you can too. Please click here to donate what you can, a $25 contribution will purchase a replacement chainsaw chain and a $100 pledge will cover the gas needed to get a team in place.

If you’re a Veteran or posses skills that Team Rubicon is looking for, please consider volunteering to help. It’s a great organization that I’m grateful to be a part of.

Are you getting more than 14¢ of value per day from ITS?

Thanks to the generosity of our supporting members, we’ve eliminated annoying ads and obtrusive content. We want your experience here at ITS to be beneficial and enjoyable.

At ITS, our goal is to provide different methods, ideas and knowledge that could one day save your life. If you’re interested in supporting our mission and joining our growing community of supporters, click below to learn more.


  • Thanks for this story! I’ve been looking for an organization just like this. I’m a former FireFighter who has relocated and live to far from a department to join and i have been looking for a place to put all my training to continual use, i’ just started the process to signup and be a volunteer, couldn’t have done it without your post!

  • Hey Bryan, great stuff! What synergy too, if you get a chance listen to the first twenty minutes of today’s show.

    I have a similar group we are about to start up at TSP. I think this group will focus more on delivering supplies during the circuital period when the big groups still have their head up their ass. As this group shows small autonomous groups move and responds much faster then big bureaucratic laden ones.

    Can’t wait to see you and Kelly on Friday night. Oh and I am picking up the check this time, if you try to stop me I am cutting your trigger finger off.

  • Check out some of the pictures I got while volunteering with them in Union Beach, NJ!

Do you have what you need to prevail?

Shop the ITS Store for exclusive merchandise, equipment and hard to find tactical gear.

Do you have what you need to prevail? Tap the button below to see what you’re missing.