The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) was founded in 2008 to provide communities with the necessary resources to continue operations and recover their technology infrastructure from disaster.
The concept was introduced in 2001 following the World Trade Center disaster in NYC, and proposed to congress by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). The Homeland Security Act of 2002 authorized the creation of a National Emergency Technology Corps of volunteers known as NETGuard, under the Citizen Corps umbrella. The program was formally launched in 2014 under the name “Tech Corps”.
ITDRC was established as a nationwide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is currently comprised of hundreds of volunteer professionals with expertise in many technology disciplines. This exceptional organization harnesses the collective resources of the technology community to provide no cost Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) resources; as well as technical recovery assistance to help communities continue operations in times of disaster.
In addition to providing public education to help build disaster resilient communities, the ITDRC vision is to serve as a vendor neutral clearinghouse for in-kind technology resources and catalyst for connecting NGOs with communities in crisis.
ITDRC has worked with Epicenter Media & Training in a variety of capacities since 2013. Our formal partnership began in 2016, with Epicenter Media & Training enhancing the ITDRC outreach and promoting brand awareness through “Educational Marketing” opportunities related to strategic partnerships, content development, and training/exercises.
Because our skill-sets and focus areas on deployment are so complementary, the Epicenter Deployment Support Unit (EDSU) may also partner with ITDRC on future deployments to natural disasters, man-made incidents, and planned events in the future.
The ITDRC team is comprised of service-oriented technology professionals from many disciplines, who volunteer and work together to implement solutions that help communities continue operations and successfully recover from a disaster.