On Sunday, April 27, 2014 a severe storm system moved through Arkansas. The storm system proceeded to generate multiple tornados, hail, high winds, and heavy rains. Widespread damage was experienced across the state and thousands of people were left without power.
One particular tornado that touched down was estimated to be a half-mile wide and of EF-3 strength. This storm cut through central Arkansas from Hot Springs to Batesville – a distance of approximately 80 miles. In the process it overran I-40 and made a direct hit on the towns of Vilona and Mayflower. Approximately 15 people are reported to have died and over 150 homes destroyed.
Team Rubicon deployed 121 members to Faulkner County, Arkansas to Bridge the Gap between the impact of the devastating tornadoes and the recovery operations of the local government. All total, they managed more than 10,000 spontaneous volunteers in Faulkner County, Arkansas, providing volunteer coordination, work order planning, and debris clearing capabilities to the impacted communities.
With the help of Alaska Airlines and United Airlines, Team Rubicon partnered with Airlink to send 10 additional volunteers to help with recovery efforts in all affected areas.