Our industry is always known for being a small, tight-knit community. We are not just companies, competitors, and professional colleagues. We are friends, confidants, and supporters of each other – in the best of times and the worst.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the people and businesses (many of our own) in the Northeast who have been devastated by and will continue to suffer the effects of the second largest storm in our country’s history, both personally and professionally.
We, as an industry, can partner with the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) and others to provide short-term and long-term support to help those affected by disasters to recover and rebuild.
Please join us and get involved in helping victims of Hurricane Sandy who desperately need our help. Let’s come together as we have so many times and bring much needed support and technical solutions to help people rebuild and return to their lives with hope and encouragement.
Our immediate goal is to equip shelters with a portable projection screen and projector or a flat panel display in time to watch the Macy’s Day Parade. This is a cherished and long standing tradition for the people of New York and New Jersey and your assistance will help bring the sense of community and togetherness that makes up the very fabric of who they are.
We also need volunteers, both with delivering gear and installing it, as well as, creating a database of AV professionals who can respond in the future when a disaster hits around the country.
So, let’s do this everyone, time is of the essence! Our entire industry is about helping and making life easier for our customers and clients. Well, there are people who need us RIGHT NOW that we will never meet, will never be a return customer, and will never know who we are. But, they will ALWAYS remember that we appreciate the challenges they face and in some small way, hope to make their road ahead a little less riddled with twists and turns.
Volunteer: Can you volunteer a day or more worth of work? (Installer, engineer, clean-up!) We are looking for both short-term volunteers for the NY/NJ area and also volunteers to sign-up in the event of a future disaster in other parts of the county. Please fill out a quick form here.
Donate: We want to help shelters with providing large audience viewing displays in time for the Macy’s Day Parade and assist the ITRDC with providing Internet connectivity to shelters long-term.
Can you donate the following new or used equipment?
• Portable projection screen(s);
• Flat panel display(s);
• Cabling (Cat 3/5/6, HDMI, fiber);
• Equipment racks;
• Power conditioning equipment;
• And, UPS.
Please ship these items to:
Attn: Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund
18 Hervey Street
Staten Island NY 10309
Attn: ITDRC c/o Digital Sales Group New York
1227 Walt Whitman Rd.
Melville, NY 11747
The ITDRC is in significant need of UPS, power protection, and network equipment. If you can donate any of these items or other IT equipment, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ITDRC also needs our help in winning $5,000 worth of gas to continue providing relief. Please vote for them in the Fueling Good contest! You can vote once a day, every day through Wednesday, November 28th. It takes 2 seconds; let’s help them win by voting here.
Partner in Sound Productions and JD Systems are helping Staten Island receive all necessary items to recover and rebuild through the Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund. This fund was started in memory of Carl V. Bini, a New York firefighter tragically taken during 9/11. They can really use gift cards to major department stores and Home Depot, as well as, cash donations. You can find information on how to help here.
The Red Cross is in need of blood donations. You can make a local appointment to give blood here.
Our special thanks to the generous contributions of Access Networks, ITDRC, Partners in Sound Productions, JD Systems, Digital Sales Group NY, rAVe [Publications], Kramer Electronics, FSR, Inc., and Crestron. They are leading the efforts to get help to those in need and we applaud you for all you are doing to help!
This column was reprinted with permission from rAVe [Publications] and was originally published here.