On February 7, 2017, at least 6 tornadoes touched down in New Orleans, Louisiana, leaving in their wake EF-3 damage in an area that had never completed recovered from Hurricane Katrina nearly 12 years before. The outbreak caused widespread power outages, destroyed hundreds of homes, and caused damage to thousands more.
Team Rubicon's US office quickly responded, deploying more than 120 volunteers to assist with clean-up and recovery. In total, their work - debris removal, chainsaw operations, and expedient home repair - saved the affected communities nearly $240,000 in recovery costs. Thanks to Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines, Airlink helped Team Rubicon deploy 33 volunteers from across the country to assist with this effort.