Medina-based Polaris Industries Inc. has sent five sent five new RANGER 1000 off-road vehicles to the Bahamas to help with Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts.
The vehicles will be used by Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization led by military veterans.
“When natural disasters strike, Team Rubicon is ready to take action, and we are honored to help support their mission,” said Kyle Duea, vice president of marketing off-road vehicles at Polaris, in a Sept. 17 press release. “As the recovery efforts continue, our RANGER vehicles will provide Team Rubicon with transportation to deliver needed support and help communities affected by Hurricane Dorian rebuild.”
Team Rubicon has deployed a medical team to provide mobile medical care in hard-to-reach and remote areas, as well as monitor and prevent disease outbreaks. Other Team Rubicon volunteers will clear routes, conduct chainsaw operations, expediate home repairs, and muck out flooded homes.
“These RANGER vehicles will be tremendous force multipliers for our teams in The Bahamas— allowing them to move quicker, access more remote areas, and remove more debris,” said Matt Colvin, head of partnerships at Team Rubicon.
Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, hit Grand Bahama and the Abacos islands earlier this month, with rain and winds that reached 185 mph. It’s estimated that at least 51 people have died, and another 1,300 are still missing. The hurricane has displaced more than 70,000 people and devastated infrastructure.