Civic Duty Co-founders Sponsor Team Rubicon, a New Kind of Disaster Relief Organization

Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, co-founders of the nonprofit Civic Duty, have joined forces with Team Rubicon to offer worldwide disaster relief services. Team Rubicon utilizes the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

(PRWEB) February 26, 2014

The co-founders of the charity Civic Duty, Dr. Michael Omidi and his brother Julian Omidi, recently lent support to the disaster relief organization Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon engages hundreds of US veterans by helping them to find a renewed sense of purpose for their skills and experiences by helping those in need following natural disasters. After Typhoon Haiyan, the category five super typhoon that killed more than 5,000 and devastated parts of Southeast Asia last November, Team Rubicon helped thousands of victims of in the Philippines.

Team Rubicon’s Philippines aid effort, called Operation Seabird, deployed a medical team of physicians, nurses, surgeons and emergency care workers to the Philippine providence of Tacloban two days after Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall. The team performed search and rescue operations, medical triage, surgical support, and other relief activities. More than 2000 patients were triaged or vaccinated before operations were transitioned to a long-term care team.

“The scope of the human destruction from this super typhoon was unbelievable; thousands were killed and millions of people displaced from their homes,” says Dr. Michael Omidi, cofounder of Civic Duty. “Through ‘Operation Seabird,’ Team Rubicon was able to send in aid workers long before other organizations, and provide emergency medical care for thousands of storm victims. We are awed by the work of Team Rubicon and we will continue to support their life-saving work.”

What sets Team Rubicon (http://www.teamrubiconusa.org) apart from other relief organizations is that it combines the skills and expertise of veterans with those of first responders. Since 2010, the organization has sent emergency aid workers all over the world to deliver disaster relief through search and rescue missions and the provision of emergency medical aid. It employs thousands of United States military veterans, using their training and skills to provide efficient rescue and relief tactics. To date, Team Rubicon has sent aid workers to Haiti, Sudan, Burma, Chile, Philippines and Pakistan, as well as to last year’s U.S. disaster sites post-Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornado.

Civic Duty (http://www.civicduty.org) is dedicated to mankind’s search for meaning and promotes the values of its founders, philanthropists Julian Omidi and his brother Dr. Michael Omidi. The charity’s mission is to inspire creative outreach, community service, and volunteerism through the stories of every-day people who are making an extraordinary difference in the world. Civic Duty does not accept monetary support, but instead encourages direct donations to the charities featured on the organization’s website. To get involved and help make a difference, send a message using the website’s Contact Us function. More information about Civic Duty can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.


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