Commercial Providers Asked to Report Outages from Hurricane Isaac (8/29/12)
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | Comments

The FCC activated the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) in response to Hurricane Isaac in several Alabama, Mississippi and Florida counties, as well as numerous Louisiana parishes.

The FCC said its Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) will closely monitor the storm’s progress and may extend DIRS activation to additional counties as needed in the coming days. DIRS is a voluntary, efficient, Web-based system that communications providers, including wireless, wireline, broadcast, broadband and VoIP providers can use to report communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis.

Communications providers are asked to expeditiously submit and update information through DIRS regarding the status of their communications equipment, restoration efforts, power and access to fuel, if they provide service in any areas listed above. Access DIRS at http://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/services/cip/dirs/dirs.html.

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