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Please check out our spiffy new website. Wunder Blogger Floodman put a ton of hard work into this.


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Tornado Outbreak UPDATE


(L) Roof damage to the First Baptist Churh of Henryville, Indiana. (R) Tornado damage to Henryville High School.


Views of damage along the tornado's path.


(L) Volunteers unloading supplies at the FBC. (R) Staging relief supplies.

UPDATE:

6:30 PM Saturday, 03/10/2012

The following is an update from Matt (Tornadodude) Phelps, who has been assembling teams and volunteering in both Harrisburg Illinois and Henryville Indiana for the past week. His most recent trip was to Henryville where he volunteered at the First Baptist Church:

"Yesterday we went to Henryville, Indiana and volunteered for a few hours, mainly unloading trailers with water, canned goods, etc.

The people were in great spirit, eager to rebuild, and overall thankful that it wasn't worse than it was.

Myself, Jeremiah Moran, Blaize Edwards, and Andrew Newcomb made the 2 hour drive from Washington, Indiana.

We will be trying to get back this weekend or a couple of days next week."

In addition to Matt and his team, Dylan Stanek has been volunteering in Henryville this week with Kayla Kirkpatrick at the FBC. More on what they've been doing when it bcomes available.


UPDATE:

4:30 PM Tuesday, 03/06/2012
Portlight teams will be on the ground in Henryville and Marysville Indiana tomorrow, rallying at the First Baptist Church in Henryville. Pastor Toby Jenkins of the First Baptist Church and his team will be giving assignments and directing the relief efforts.

Our team in Harrisburg will be wrapping up their activities there and will be moving to Henryville tonight.

More info as it becomes available.



Portlight and Team Rubicon volunteers performed clean
up on Saturday in Harrisburg, IL; putting a chain saw
to good use!


A volunteer performing clean up in
Harrisburg IL

UPDATE:

1:30 AM Sunday, 03/04/2012
Volunteers from colleges and churches made a strong showing in Harrisburg today. Team Rubicon and Portlight will push east to Indiana early Sunday, where volunteer work is still restricted because of gas leaks and continuing SAR (search and rescue) operations. We will provide part of the earliest response to these tornado stricken rural areas.

Further assessment teams are on site or enroute to locations hit by the latest outbreak; more information on their findings will be available here later today.

We are still looking for volunteers to form teams and assist in the clean up efforts; anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or add a comment below. You can also help by clicking the donate button. The need is immediate; teams will be working in all these areas for some time and you can help. Stay tuned here and our blog for updates.

UPDATE:

11:30 AM Saturday, 03/03/2012
Portlight and Team Rubicon assessed properties and wrote volunteer work orders in Harrisburg, Illinois yesterday. Due to work zone hazards and continued severe weather, the two organizations were the only ones allowed into the disaster zone.

Further assessment teams are on site or enroute to locations hit by yesterday's outbreak; more information on their findings will be available here later today.

We are still looking for volunteers to form teams and assist in the clean up efforts; anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or add a comment below. You can also help by clicking the donate button. The need is immediate; teams will be working in all these areas for some time and you can help. Stay tuned here and our blog for updates.


UPDATE:

9:30 PM Friday, 03/02/2012
After another day of severe weather, Harrisburg is not the only place in need. While we are concentrating efforts on Harrisburg, we are looking for volunteers to work clean up and relief in other areas hit by today's outbreak. Team Rubicon will be sending teams into the areas hardest hit today to do assessment and aid in the relief efforts and we intend to provide what volunteers we can to assist them in this effort. Henryville and Marysville Indiana will not be accessible to anyone but first responders for the next few days but when they open up to relief workers we want to be able to help out.

Again, anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or comment on our Wunderground.com blog. The need is immediate; teams will be working in all these areas for some time and you can help. Stay tuned here and our website for updates.


UPDATE:

1:30 PM Friday, 03/02/2012
Portlight volunteers are sheltering in the hospital in Harrisburg; Team Rubicon and Portlight volunteers are conducting assessment and emergency relief work and these teams are the only volunteer teams allowed to work in the Harrisburg area today.

Our thanks, by the way, to the people who have offered to volunteer themselves and their services so far today; you are all appreciated!

Again, anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or comment on our Wunderground.com blog. The need is immediate; teams will be working all weekend and certainly into next week. Stay tuned here and our blog for updates.

More information as it becomes available...


UPDATE:

The Portlight trailer in Harrisburg IL


10:30 AM Friday, 03/02/2012
Based on information recieved from Team Rubicon and our observers in the Harrisburg area volunteers will certainly be needed. We are looking for people in the general area of the storm, from East Central Missouri to Western Indiana that will be able to make day trips into the area (accomodations are limited in the area and overnight stays will not be possible for very many).
Anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or comment on our Wunderground.com blog. The need is immediate; teams will be working all weekend. Stay tuned here and our blog for updates.
The email address and blog will be monitored closely and any volunteers will be contacted as quickly as possible for further information and instructions.


Harrisburg Illinois Tornado UPDATES

Based on information recieved from Team Rubicon and our observers in the Harrisburg area volunteers will certainly be needed. We are looking for people in the general area of the storm, from East Central Missouri to Western Indiana that will be able to make day trips into the area (accomodations are limited in the area and overnight stays will not be possible for very many).

Anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or comment on this blog. The need is immediate; teams will be working all weekend. Stay tuned here and Portlight.org for updates.

The email address and blog will be monitored closely and any volunteers will be contacted as quickly as possible for further information and instructions.

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
60 Fenwick Hall Allee
Unit #721
Johns Island, SC 29455


Harrisburg, IL Response

We are sending people into the Harrisburg, IL, area at this time in response to the storm event there.. They will be assessing needs there and surrounding areas. We expect we will find much to do and ask for your continued support.

We will likely need volunteers and will certainly need financial assistance. As usual, we will be focusing our efforts on the unserved, under served and forgotten.

Portlight.org

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
60 Fenwick Hall Allee
#721
Johns Island, SC 29455

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25. 2232345
10:10 AM GMT en Junio 07, 2012
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22. Patrap
10:28 PM GMT en Marzo 06, 2012


Indiana mother, Stephanie Decker, loses legs saving kids from tornado.
Tuesday March 6, 2012


Parents Joe and Stephanie Decker are shown here with their children Dominic and Reese. When a tornado slammed into their home, Stephanie Decker shielded her children with her own body and lost her legs. (Decker Family/Handout)

AP: INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana woman who saved her two children by binding them together with a blanket and shielding them with her body as a tornado ripped apart their house lost parts of both her legs, which were crushed by the falling debris, her husband says.

Stephanie Decker, a 36-year-old sleep specialist, lost one leg above the knee and the other above the ankle, her husband said Monday. She was in serious but stable condition at a Kentucky hospital. The couple's 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter survived Friday's storm unscathed.

"I told her, `They're here because of you,"' Joe Decker said by telephone from the University of Louisville Hospital. "I let her know that nothing else matters. I said, `You're going to be here for your kids, and you get to see them grow up."'

Decker, 42, was at Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, where he teaches algebra, when the tornado hit. With storms expected, the school had been locked down, and he was debating whether to try to race home. Decker exchanged a series of texts with his wife, urging her to get herself and their children into the basement of their sprawling, three-story brick and stone home in Marysville, Ind.

"Then she sent me a text saying the whole house was shaking, and I texted her back and asked her if everything was OK," he said. "I asked her about six or seven times and got no response. That kind of freaked me out."

He said his wife told him later that she was in their walk-out basement, which had French doors leading outside and a wall of windows, when she saw the tornado approaching, moving across the family's 15-acre plot. Stephanie Decker had already tied a blanket around both children and to herself, and she threw herself on top of the children.

"She said she felt the whole house start to go, and then she felt like it moved them about before it kind of wedged her in there, but she was able to keep the kids from moving away," Decker said.

When the tornado passed, Stephanie Decker called to the children. Reese, 5, answered immediately, but Dominic, 8, hesitated before saying he was OK. Decker said his son told him he couldn't hear his mother because of the roar of the storm.
Dominic, however, soon ran across the street to seek help from neighbors, who had taken refuge in a storm cellar, Decker said. One neighbor, realizing the severity of Stephanie's injuries, ran for help and found a deputy sheriff traveling on a four-wheeler about a quarter of a mile away. The deputy applied tourniquets to Stephanie Decker's legs to halt her blood loss.

She has been scheduled to undergo surgery on her legs again Thursday, hospital spokeswoman Holly Hinson said.

"The house is gone. It's pretty amazing that she's alive," Hinson said.
With trees blocking the road after the storm, Decker said he ran part of the way home before two men gave him a ride. He found his house gone and his children with a family friend. His wife had been taken to a hospital 10 miles away, and the men drove him there, allowing him to see Stephanie briefly before she was airlifted to the Louisville hospital.

"I was afraid I might never see her again," Decker said.

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21. Patrap
5:12 AM GMT en Marzo 06, 2012


Alabama resident Greg Cook lost his home when a tornado tore through his town of East Limestone, and he thought his dog lost, too.

After sorting through the debris, Cook found his pet Coco – wet, but alive. "It was such a relief," Cook told news station WAFF-TV. "I was happy to see him. I love my dog, he's my best friend and I was just so happy to see him.
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20. Patrap
5:09 AM GMT en Marzo 06, 2012


From left, Alli Ferrell, 10, and cousin Christian Murray, 12, sit on the front porch, as Lindsey Murray, 15, of Harrisburg, Ill., paints "for sale fixer upper" on the side of the home of their grandmother, Sharon Murray, 61, after a tornado destroyed the house in Harrisburg, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. A tornado struck the small town in southern Illinois killing 6. Murray was not at home at the time of the storm Read more here:

http://www.thestate.com/2012/03/01/2174291/the-da ily-edit-030212.html
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19. Patrap
5:03 PM GMT en Marzo 04, 2012
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”

Rabbi Hillel

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18. Portlight
3:50 PM GMT en Marzo 04, 2012
Quoting OGal:


Morning Floodman. Paul and I talked yesterday. I have along with Ron Myers posted all the information on FaceBook. Wish we were closer and could volunteer. What a horrible situation for so many.


OGal, Floodman here...thanks; we can use all the help, in any way it comes, that we can get!

BTW, I AM Ron Myers...LOL

Keep touting the mission on Facebook; these folks need our help and the more people see the message, the more help they'll get
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17. presslord
6:50 PM GMT en Marzo 03, 2012
As usual, people are coming out of the woodwork to help with our response. What we do is not an organization...it's a movement. And you're a part of it...and it's pretty awesome...
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16. OGal
4:59 PM GMT en Marzo 03, 2012




♥♥♥ BUMP ♥♥♥
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15. Patrap
4:02 PM GMT en Marzo 03, 2012
teamrubiconusa.org

Mission
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations.

Vision
A new paradigm in disaster response that recognizes and harnesses the skills of military veterans; offering them a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves.
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14. Patrap
4:01 PM GMT en Marzo 03, 2012




I want to thank everyone Helping Portlight and other relief Agencies in the aftermath of yesterdays, tragic events.
Were all Human and in these times we need to show our Humanity in a way that is pro-active and with directed purpose.
Many, many lost all and the road back to any normality seems far off. Know that we @ Portlight/Team Rubicon will be doing what we can to the best of our abilities.
With Hard work, and a dedication to mission statement, we intend to make a difference, and I know we will.

People helping people.
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13. OGal
2:33 PM GMT en Marzo 03, 2012


Morning Floodman. Paul and I talked yesterday. I have along with Ron Myers posted all the information on FaceBook. Wish we were closer and could volunteer. What a horrible situation for so many.
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12. mfcmom
1:28 PM GMT en Marzo 03, 2012
Live in Panama City Florida. Who can I contact I can take in a family. Have two empty bedrooms. Can take medically involved kids former medical foster parent. Thanks.
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11. Patrap
3:50 AM GMT en Marzo 03, 2012


Greg Cook hands his dog Coco to Donnie Watts inside the destroyed home in Limestone County, Ala. on Friday, March 2, 2012. A reported tornado destroyed several houses in northern Alabama as storms threatened more twisters across the region Friday (AP Photo/The Decatur Daily, Gary Cosby Jr.)
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10. GadgetGuy2
12:29 AM GMT en Marzo 03, 2012
I'd fly in and help, if I could. So I've done what I can.

Thank You for helping those in need!
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9. Portlight
8:28 PM GMT en Marzo 02, 2012
Quoting MTWX:
Good luck and Godspeed to the Portlight volunteers in Harrisburg. You guys please be careful out there! Another large tornado outbreak is set up to hit the same areas devastated from the storms that have occurred these last few days. Be sure to have a shelter plan if things get hairy! Wish I could be there to assist!


We wish we could have you! The guys are keeping their eyes open...
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8. Portlight
8:27 PM GMT en Marzo 02, 2012
Quoting OGal:


Paul call me.
Sarah


Hi, Sarah! It's Floodman here, can you email me? Paul will be out of pocket for a few more hours and I'd love to talk to you!
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7. Portlight
8:25 PM GMT en Marzo 02, 2012
Quoting ILwatcher:
Happy to take a drive down and help out any way I can. Let me know what I can do to help.


Drop us an email at here and we'll get right back to you...thanks!
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6. Patrap
5:31 PM GMT en Marzo 02, 2012





Team Rubicon is partnering with us during this mission of relief. Anyone interested in Helping, or forming a Go team to assist can do so in the Portlight Blog, or contact Presslord, floodman, or myself via Wu-Mail.


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5. MTWX
5:29 AM GMT en Marzo 02, 2012
Good luck and Godspeed to the Portlight volunteers in Harrisburg. You guys please be careful out there! Another large tornado outbreak is set up to hit the same areas devastated from the storms that have occurred these last few days. Be sure to have a shelter plan if things get hairy! Wish I could be there to assist!
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4. OGal
9:29 PM GMT en Marzo 01, 2012


Paul call me.
Sarah
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3. Patrap
5:18 PM GMT en Marzo 01, 2012





Portlight Update on Harrisburg Tornado relief...

Portlight and team Rubicon are partnering for the relief effort in Harrisburg.

We have a wunder blogger who is well seasoned from last years outbreak,Thomas in the area at this time.


Were asking for wunderbloggers who can Volunteer their time and backs for this relief effort.

Right now were asking for those in the following areas
(Southern Illinois, East Central Missouri and Western Indiana) to go on standby to help out...

If interested, feel free to make a entry here or in the portlight blog.

Also one can wu-mail myself or Presslord as well.

Thanks


Team Rubicon @ work last Spring





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2. ILwatcher
3:19 PM GMT en Marzo 01, 2012
Happy to take a drive down and help out any way I can. Let me know what I can do to help.
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1. Patrap
2:54 AM GMT en Marzo 01, 2012
Harrisburg Illinois Disaster 2/29/12

Uploaded by demonsmind on Feb 29, 2012

This is a slideshow of the destruction left behind after an early morning tornado. Hundreds of homes were lost, and hundreds of people were injured.

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