Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS)

NAB’s explanation and upcoming campaign to expand broadcaster participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) will be discovered in their webcast on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 (Click Here to Connect). There is also a direct link at the bottom of the aforementioned page that will take you to the FCC’s DIRS website where you can obtain an account. The NAB and TAB feel confident that this is a benefit to our stations.

  • DIRS is a win-win for broadcasters because participating in DIRS require very little effort in return for potentially tremendous benefits, such as the government’s help in securing a necessary generator or fuel in the midst or wake of a disaster.
  • The goal of this three-day campaign is to expand broadcasters’ participation in DIRS.
  • The FCC launced DIRS on September 11, 2007.
  • In the event of a major disaster, the FCC and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agencty (FEMA) and National Communications System (NCS) need to have accurate information about the status of communications services in the disaster area, including broadcast services.
  • DIRS is a web-based database system that broadcast stations can use to report their operational status during emergencies.
  • DIRS is purely voluntary.
  • Joining DIRS is a very simple process that takes only a few minutes.
  • The FCC is always ready to assist broadcasters in obtaining a DIRS account, or reporting their status during a disaster.
  • DIRS is activated only during major disasters. To date, it has been activated on five occasions.
  • Logging on to DIRS to report your operational status during a disaster is a very simple process that takes only a few minutes.
  • During a crisis, the FCC asks that DIRS participants log on to DIRS once a day to update their status.
  • DIRS asks for information aon whether the station is on or off the air, and the status of a station’s transmitter power source, generator and fuel. DIRS also allows a station to add any other information it wants regarding their status or needs.
  • The FCC shares DIRS information with other authorized federal agencies that can help coordinate assistance to broadcast stations in need, and then contacts stations that have indicated a need, and works with that station to locate and deliver the fuel or equipment the station needs.
  • All information entered into DIRS is treated as confidential.
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