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Saturday, July 7, 2012

FCC: Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) for Communications Companies


DISASTER INFORMATION REPORTING SYSTEM (DIRS)



DIRS is a voluntary, web-based system that communications companies, including wireless, wireline, broadcast, and cable providers, can use to report communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis.
The FCC encourages all communications providers to enroll in DIRS to be better prepared to respond and recover in the event of a disaster.

BENEFITS FOR COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDERS

  • Designate contact: Allows communications providers to identify the appropriate contact for his/her station during emergencies; and, in turn, eliminates lost time when trying to identify and coordinate with the federal contacts who can provide immediate assistance.
  • Receive help: Provides an avenue for communications providers to restore their operations and receive additional help during emergencies, e.g., securing generators, fuel, etc.
  • Streamline requests: Reduces the number of requests from various government agencies for status of each station. Other government agencies will rely on the FCC (DIRS) for status of each broadcast station.
  • Aid your community: Better ensures that communications providers will be able to serve their communities, providing them with critical updates and risk communications information from reliable and credible sources during emergencies.

In the event of a major disaster, the FCC and the Department of Homeland Security's National Communications System need to have accurate information regarding the status of communications services in the disaster area, particularly during restoration efforts.
When activated, DIRS will collect information concerning:
  • Switches
  • Public Safety Answering Points (used for E9-1-1)
  • Interoffice facilities
  • Cell sites
  • Broadcast stations
  • Cable television systems

HOW TO ENROLL IN DIRS:

  • Click the “Enroll” button.
  • Click “Accept” to enter the secure, protected sign-up site.
  • You will need the following information to sign up:
    • Reporting Company
    • Company ID (for existing company accounts)
    • Type of Company (Cable, Wireless, etc)
    • Contact Person
    • Phone Number, with extension of contact
    • Cell Phone Number
    • Blackberry Number
    • E-Mail
    • Address
  • Click “Submit” and record the username and password generated for your account. You can update the username and password once logged in.

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