FCC Prepares for Dorian, Activates DIRS
Tuesday, September 03, 2019 | Comments

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said staff have been working throughout the holiday weekend to prepare for Hurricane Dorian.

“Our staff has reached out to wireless carriers and broadcasters to offer assistance,” Pai said. “With our government partners, including FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), we have worked to ensure that communications providers and power companies closely coordinate their activities as needed when service restoration efforts get underway — making sure they implement lessons learned from Hurricane Michael. And, we have reminded wireless carriers of the need to have roaming agreements in place before the storm hits.

“Additionally, FCC staff have been deployed to conduct ‘pre-landfall’ surveys of the RF spectrum in projected impact areas, which will help us identify any impacts to public-safety communications and broadcaster outages.”

The commission activated its Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) to collect and report information on the status of communications services. The FCC’s operations center is open 24 hours a day to assist first responders and communications providers. DIRS is a voluntary, web-based system that communications providers, including wireless, wireline, broadcast, cable and VoIP providers, can use to report communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis.

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