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ITDRC Launches National Disaster Relief Coordination Center


Dallas, TX, January 01, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), a 501(c)3 non-profit of volunteer technologists that provide Information, Communications, and Technology solutions to communities in times of disaster announced the opening of their National Disaster Relief Coordination Center (NDRCC) on January 1, 2015.

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. There are thousands of non-governmental disaster relief programs in the US, and a significant need for a collaboration platform to coordinate these resources to reduce the duplication of efforts that might occur in the first few days after a disaster.

“Today, there might be five organizations serving food in the first 24 hours of a disaster relief effort, but none are scheduled to take over the task when a large food donation arrives a week later. The need to support the community with meals is likely still present. The NDRCC will allow relief organizations to coordinate their efforts and provide better long term support to the community in question,” said Chris Hillis, Co-founder of the ITDRC.

NDRCC volunteers are currently researching and cataloging NGO disaster relief resources across the country, in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, that are available to assist communities in crisis. “It doesn’t make sense to request a shower or laundry trailer from a national organization 150 miles away, when a local church may have one 50 miles away,” Hillis noted. “We will be able to connect communities with resources more appropriately and efficiently by building this database.”

The center is designed to be flexible and scalable, and will be staffed as necessary to support active disaster relief efforts. Several corporate partners contributed furniture, hardware, software and services to equip the donated office space in Dallas. “We are very grateful for the contributions from Access Networks, Dish Network, Fusion Research, IDV Solutions, Middle Atlantic, VisionLink, Yagi and others have made to support building the Center.”

The NDRCC disaster hotline is currently staffed by ITDRC volunteers 24 hours a day, and the center is ready to support relief operations. It was activated for a trial run earlier this month to support US-based nonprofits who responded to Typhoon Hagupit relief efforts in the Philippines.

Tours of the facility are available by appointment.

About Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC)
The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity comprised of volunteer technology professionals who provide technology continuity and recovery assistance to communities affected by disaster. Services are provided at no cost, as a public service of the technology community. To volunteer, sponsor, or learn more about the ITDRC, visit www.itdrc.org.

The NDRCC is a community service program provided by the ITDRC. Visit www.ndrcc.co for more information.

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