The FCC DIRS was created so that all broadcasters could communicate issues with their networks in disaster prone areas. It is especially a great tool for the WISP!
DIRS is a voluntary, web-based system used to collect communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis. Participating in DIRS can benefit your organization in times of disaster. • Greater clarity: Participating in DIRS allows broadcasters to identify a contact point for their organization during emergencies, which streamlines coordination with the federal agencies that can provide assistance. • Restoration help: Provides an avenue for broadcasters to ask for help in restoring operations, such as obtaining generators and fuel. Information provided through DIRS is treated as presumptively confidential. It is shared only with other federal emergency response officials. • Streamlined requests: Reduces the number of government agencies requesting information. Other government agencies rely on the information in DIRS for the status of broadcasting facilities. • Aid to your community: Enhances the ability of broadcasters to aid their community during a disaster. How does DIRS work? • Broadcasters that choose to participate in DIRS should provide contact information for those who will provide status reports when DIRS is activated. When DIRS is activated, the FCC will notify these contacts of how often to file reports and what geographic areas are affected. Typically, reports are requested once each day. DIRS provides the FCC with accurate information regarding the status of broadcast services in disaster areas. The FCC shares DIRS information with DHS and certain federal response entities to support, focus, and track restoration efforts.