ITDRCInformation Technology Disaster Resource Center, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
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Belden provided bulk Category 5e riser-rated cable and REVConnect Connectivity Solutions that enabled ITDRC to establish temporary connectivity infrastructure for evacuation shelters and campgrounds, donation warehouses, recovery centers and command centers in areas impacted by disasters.
ITDRC's 1,000+ volunteers have established approximately 75 temporary sites for hurricane recovery in the last two months across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
"At the Volunteer Reception Center alone, we are seeing anywhere from 700 to 1,100 volunteers per day who are providing crucial relief efforts, and Dish makes it possible for us to register and stay connected with all of these volunteers," added Joe Hillis , operations director for ITDRC. "We expect to be on the ground for several more weeks."
John Whitford Communications technicians will work together with ITDRC and other volunteer professionals from the tech community to deploy technical resources and emergency communications, including Internet connectivity in shelters and disaster relief centers to help reconnect the community.
Since joining the program, Technicians have completed the training provided by ITDRC to get the best knowledge possible for these unexpected situations.
“This partnership formalizes our ongoing relationship with the consumer satellite industry, and will enable thousands of trained technicians to volunteer their skills and resources for disaster relief,” said Joe Hillis, Operations Director of ITDRC. “Often times terrestrial networks are impacted by disaster, and SBCA members are skilled in the communications technologies that will allow responders and community organizers to reconnect while the public infrastructure is being restored.”
The NDRCC will serve as the ITDRC's Emergency Operations Center, as well as a multi-agency coordination resource for other nonprofits, communities, and private sector partners.
The FDNY-Marine Corps Association invited the ITDRC to participate in the event which honors 17 New York City firefighters who perished on September 11, 2001 and were former members of the United States Marine Corps.
The Campaign will help provide ITDRC with tools and resources that support ITDRC's mission to prepare and assist communities with technology continuity and recovery during times of disaster and promote cybersecurity awareness among Americans.
The material, presented by IT Disaster Recovery Specialists from the ITDRC, is tailored to help small businesses and non-profits assess their current use of technology; develop a strategy to safeguard their data, and understand options for business continuity and recovery in the event of disaster.
“We've seen an increase in regional disasters this past year, and found that many small businesses really need help with pre-planning,” said Joe Hillis, Operations Director of the ITDRC. “That's really what's driving this tour; and hopefully they will take advantage of this opportunity to get prepared,” he added.
"We're extremely excited to partner with the Agility Recovery Team," says Joe Hillis, Operations Director of ITDRC. "They have clearly demonstrated their commitment to the small business community, and shown a genuine interest in supporting our mission." Hillis continues, "We're looking forward to leveraging Agility's resources and expertise to help us fill some gaps in our continuity education and planning offering, as well as our disaster response program."