GLADWIN/MIDLAND COUNTIES – The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) has established free wifi and laptop centers across Gladwin and Midland counties in response to both the May flood disaster as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

ITDRC is a national service that provides communities with the technical resources necessary to continue operations and begin recover after a disaster. They continue to work in establishing free internet access via wifi in specific locations throughout Gladwin and Midland counties due to the damages caused by the May dam failures and flooding. These locations include the Sacred Heart Church, 300 N. Silverleaf St. in Gladwin, Midland First United Methodist Church (wifi), 315 W Larkin St. in Midland (laptop center and wifi) and the Jerome Township Hall, 737 W Beamish Rd. in Sanford (laptop center and wifi). The ITDRC has also provided laptops for use in the Gladwin Emergency Operations Center.

The center is also establishing connectivity as part of their ProjectConnect. This is an initiative the ITDRC has started in order to assist rural areas with free wifi as they learn and work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sites that have become part of the ProjectConnect that will continue to provide free wifi include Fruchey’s Market in Billings Township, the Tobacco Township Hall, and the Gladwin County Ice Carnival on 4404 Lakeview Dr. in Beaverton. 

Those in need of internet connection are welcome to visit any of these sites in order to use the wifi free of charge. For more information about the ITDRC or their ProjectConnect initiative, visit their website at itdrc.org. 

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