Disaster Zone

Disaster IT Support for Free

I like the price and it is something we all need when disasters strike.

by Eric Holdeman / October 1, 2012

Earlier today I got an email from  Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) which provides "FREE" IT help to local emergency managers who need staff augmentation (I'm guessing it is done mostly remotely).  See email below and the offer of help.  This is the type of resource to coordinate in advance so you understand what they have to offer.

 

"As a longtime follower of your blog, I wanted to acknowledge your recent article titled “Small Town/County Emergency Management”, and introduce the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC).  

 

Briefly, the ITDRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity comprised of volunteer IT Professionals from many disciplines who assist communities, non-profits, and small businesses with technology continuity and recovery from disaster.  We are a trusted response partner to many organizations and communities, providing temporary infrastructure assets and technology solutions in disaster.

 

Established in 2009, we’ve responded to a number of disasters across the US including: Hurricanes Isaac and Irene, tornado outbreaks in Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Kentucky, and wildfires in Texas.  Although our roles vary by deployment, our mission priority is to Fire/Law/Emergency Management in the Response phase; Disaster Relief Organizations in the Short Term Recovery phase, and the Small Business Community in the Long Term Recovery phase of a disaster.

 

We are acutely aware of the challenges many smaller communities face related to Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery; in both the Public and Private Sectors, and have programs established to assist with each area.  As a NGO, all of our services are provided at no cost to communities by a nationwide team of service oriented technology professionals. 

 

My hope is that you will see the value our organization provides to communities, and share our resources with your readers.  Please visit our web site at www.itdrc.org and our social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter (/ITDRC and @ITDRC) for more information. 

 

I look forward to the opportunity to take you on a deeper dive into our organization and mission, and explore ways we may be able to better share our story with the Emergency Management community.  Please let me know your availability for a call, or feel free to contact me at your convenience."

 

This information was provided by Joe Hillis, Operations Director