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FCC Wants Emergency Info as Hurricane Matthew Hits

Cites hurricane-threatened counties from which it needs updates

The FCC’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau has activated the Disaster Information Reporting System for Hurricane Matthew and wants info from communications providers in affected and potentially affected areas.

DIRS is a web-based system via which broadcasters, cable operators and others can report the status of their communications capabilities and “situational awareness.”

The FCC wants info on “the status of their communications equipment, restoration efforts, power undefined, and access to fuel.” DIRS can be accessed at or the bureau webpage.

The FCC advises any communications outlet in the affected areas below that has not logged into DIRS and provided their contact info to do so as soon as possible.

Those who are already in the system will get an email requesting that they provide the above info.

The affected areas are:

Florida: Brevard, Broward, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Saint Johns, Saint Lucie, Seminole, Volusia

Georgia: Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, McIntosh

South Carolina: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Jasper

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