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FCC’s Disaster-Reporting Mechanism Used for Fay

DIRS was launched in September of last year.

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission activated the Disaster Information Reporting System in Florida in response to Tropical Storm Fay this week.

The FCC deactivated DIRS later when Fay was downgraded to a tropical depression.

DIRS is a voluntary, Web-based system that wireless, wireline, broadcast and cable providers use to report the status of communications infrastructure during crises.

The commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau launched it last year on Sept. 11.

Updated information through DIRS concerns the status of equipment, restoration efforts and power, such as whether the provider is using commercial power, generator or battery and has access to fuel.