Deploying internationally is complex and requires a significant amount of planning and coordination. When we arrive on site after a disaster in a foreign country, all eyes and hope have turned to us, expecting immediate action and results. Disasters are no-excuse, results-only zones.
Team Rubicon Canada will sort you out with travel and logistics and take you into the breach, but we need you to cover down on the administrative side of deploying. We are allowed access to vulnerable populations after devastating disasters because we are professionals. We have credentials, we have support and we have rapport. This is built upon brilliance in the basics.
Holding to Team Rubicon Canada’s hard routine requires discipline and individual actions. Your expertise and efforts are needed on the ground, and in order to deploy team members internationally, we screen for the following administrative tasks:
- Sign Up Form Complete: Your volunteer profile needs to be complete and current. This section holds the most pertinent personal information such as points of contact, emergency contact information, three-letter airport code, allergies, and blood type. We actively seek those who have proficiency in multiple languages.
- Passport: Valid with an expiration date of no earlier than six months from date of departure.
- Current immunisation records: Responders must not become victims.
- Availability: Must have a minimum of 14 consecutive days to support the operation.
Once availability to deploy on an approved international operation is listed, the vetting process begins by verifying your availability and information listed in your sign up form. If administrative criteria are met, volunteers will be immediately contacted with further instruction. Those who do not meet the initial vetting criteria will be contacted after the first wave is dispatched with an explanation detailing why they could not deploy.
Team Rubicon Canada has a hard-earned reputation, and the international community has high expectations for us, especially when Mother Nature stirs up chaos and confusion. We must continue to maintain the high state of personal and organisational readiness for when we receive the call, we can respond immediately with a resounding “Send me.”