A: Nothing. ITDRC operations are funded through private donations and industry grants. Most of our equipment and services are donated by socially responsible corporations.
A: Absolutely. We have deployed to some really small communities in rural America, as well as the largest city in the country. Disasters always exceed the capacity and resources of the local jurisdiction, and will require outside help.
A: Our Disaster Response Team usually arrives within 24 hours of an event, and remains deployed for 3-6 weeks to facilitate resources for Recovery. Once the Response Team demobilizes, ongoing support is transitioned to local volunteers, or our Remote Response Team. Our commitment to a community doesn’t end when the TV cameras leave; we continue to provide resources and support throughout the Long Term Recovery process.
A: Good Question. Fortunately, we have many disaster AND technology professionals on our team. Our Tech volunteers have real world experience in a number of technologies; including voice, data, RF infrastructure, video, application, and critical power. In addition to their technical expertise, many have formal training in ICS, NIMS, as well as Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, and SAR disciplines. We’ve helped more than 100 communities after a crisis, and know disaster technology like the back of our hand; which is why we are one of the most respected disaster NGOs in the country.
A: Not exactly. ITDRC is a volunteer driven 501(c)(3) Non-Profit dedicated to providing emergency communications and technical resources to communities affected by disaster within the United States. We are a trusted resource to local, state, and national nonprofits and emergency management agencies, and a FEMA Tech Sector Collaboration Partner.
A: Absolutely! Many ITDRC members participate in their company’s employee volunteering program, which provides a great benefit to our organization, as well as those we serve. Some companies give employees time off to volunteer, and others match volunteer hours with a monetary donation!
A: Sure! Contact us with the details of your event. We're happy to provide technology resources to assist with operations and logistics to events such as public safety exercises and community festivals.
A: Of course! We are always looking for serviceable equipment for disaster relief, and to share with other non-profits. As a general rule, we are interested in enterprise grade switching, routing, and WiFi equipment; as well as notebooks, workstations, and monitors manufactured in the last 5-7 years.