FORT WORTH, Texas, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) received a $2,500 grant from the CompTIA Managed Services Community to enhance its capacity to provide emergency communications and temporary information technology resources to communities affected by disaster.
The grant is one in a series which CompTIA is making on behalf of each of its member communities. Funded through its Creating IT Futures Foundation, the grants work to support community-based efforts in promoting IT and IT workforce development, education, and training.
ITDRC will use the funds to purchase additional hardware for its disaster response program. "We've exhausted much of our reserve equipment cache," said Joe Hillis, ITDRC operations director. "We still have technology assets deployed in Joplin, New Orleans, New York City, West, (TX), and now in the Moore, Oklahoma area helping non-profits and community organizations organize and recover from recent catastrophic events."
"With the anticipated busy hurricane season this year, this grant will allow us to build additional kits which can be rapidly deployed to provide communities with temporary Information and Communications Technology (ICT) resources in the event of a significant disaster," Hillis added.
"The CompTIA Member Communities are made up of individuals who care deeply about how IT can make a difference in the world, so it's not surprising that they would designate an organization like ITDRC for this grant," said Charles Eaton, CEO of the Creating IT Futures Foundation. "When disaster strikes, it's reassuring to know that there is a group like ITDRC helping to reconnect communities."
This year CompTIA Member Communities and advisory councils will distribute over $120,000 in Creating IT Futures Foundation funds to deserving charities, with at least three-fourths of the funds directed to charities that encourage or train to IT careers.
The grant was presented to the ITDRC by CompTIA MSP Practice member Mark Crall at the International Association of Microsoft Channel Providers (IAMCP) meeting in Charlotte, NC.
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The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (www.itdrc.org) is a 501(c)(3) public charity comprised of hundreds of volunteer technology professionals from many disciplines. We harness the collective resources of the technology community to provide no cost systems, network, and infrastructure resources; as well as technical recovery assistance to help communities continue operations in times of disaster. For more information; or to partner, donate, or volunteer, visit www.itdrc.org or follow ITDRC at www.facebook.com/ITDRC and www.twitter.com/ITDRC.
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