Even if you are not living in the direct path, you are likely aware that many areas in Louisiana and Texas are preparing for Hurricane Harvey.  As local citizens prepare for a Class 3 Hurricane expected to bring dangerous flooding, wind and rain, broadcasters and other communications providers in that region will also need make certain filings with the Federal Communications Commission.

Due to the Harvey’s approach, the FCC has activated the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). It has asked broadcasters, cable operators, and wireless and wireline telecommunications (including VoIP) providers in areas affected by the storm in Texas and in Louisiana to submit and update information through DIRS regarding the status of their communications equipment, restoration efforts, and power situation (for instance, power failure backup systems). Providers who haven’t previously submitted to the DIRS must provide contact information and obtain a User ID to access DIRS.

DIRS reports are requested beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 and every day after that by 10:00 a.m. until the DIRS is deactivated.

Additional information can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/harvey.  Reach out to us if you have any questions on submitting reports to the DIRS, or other disaster related issues.

But most important of all: please stay safe as you continue to provide much-needed public safety updates to your communities!