As the clean-up commences following large-scale flooding in North Queensland, Disaster Relief Australia, a veteran-led disaster response organisation … the ‘Greyshirts’, has deployed from locations throughout Australia to take a major role in recovery operations.

Members of the World Humanitarian Force, Shah Satnam Ji Green ‘S’ Welfare, a non-profit Indian-based organisation with offices in Townsville, have volunteered to serve with Team Rubicon’s Strike Teams in combating the extreme effects of disaster recovery.

Team Rubicon’s Mission Commander Chris Perrin “Team Rubicon, under an MOU with the Townsville Council, is charged with the management, deployment and tasking of volunteers in the disaster area of operations.  Volunteers assist our Greyshirts in the task of cleaning houses, fixing roofs, moving furniture and damage assessments.  The contribution of Shah Satnam Ji Green ‘S’ Welfare is greatly appreciated.”

Since the formation of the Local Disaster Coordination Centre in Townsville, Team Rubicon has supported advanced planning for recovery operations across the region, and has deployed the first wave of disaster response teams from around Australia, including teams based in Townsville.

For this mission, known by the Greyshirts as “Operation Gordon”, it is also personal. Many of Team Rubicon’s veterans and volunteers have themselves become victim of the catastrophic weather event. Yet that hasn’t stopped them from answering the call and supporting their community.

Teamwork, decisive leadership, risk mitigation, and emergency management are skills paramount to an effective response, and veterans have earned these skills in some of the most dangerous and challenging environments in the world.  Greyshirts will never take a step backward, no matter how hard the challenge.

For more information about Disaster Relief Australia or request for interview, please contact our Public Information Officer, publicrelations@ or +61 401 501 585.

About Team Rubicon Australia

Team Rubicon unities the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy disaster response and recovery teams. Team Rubicon is a non-profit organisation offering veterans the opportunity to continue their service by helping and empowering communities afflicted by disasters. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of veterans and volunteers across the country.

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