DIRS Detailed Information for East Coast Giant Storm

October 29, 2012
Disaster data collection has been activated for Hurricane Sandy. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has asked that we send this urgent email to our affected broadcast stations. The FCC has developed the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) to receive information on the status of your communications equipment in the disaster area. The area of interest for this activation is focused on those areas hardest hit by the storm and those on the projected path, including the counties listed at the end of this email.
If you have communications equipment in the disaster area, the FCC requests that you provide daily reports on the status of your equipment by using DIRS. There is no need to report on stations or facilities that are fully operational. The FCC will monitor the storm’s progress closely and may extend DIRS activation to additional counties as needed in the coming days.
Time Schedule: The FCC requests that you provide the first set of initial reports by 10 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow (October 30). Subsequent reports should be made by 10 a.m. Eastern Time every day while DIRS is activated. The FCC would also appreciate any information you can provide prior to 10 a.m. tomorrow.
This DIRS activation includes the following areas:
Connecticut: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland, WindhamDistrict of Columbia

Delaware: Kent, New Castle, Sussex

Maryland: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, Worcester

Massachusetts: Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Plymouth

New Jersey: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

New York: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Westchester

Pennsylvania: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Frannklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Tioga, Union, York

Rhode Island: Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, Washington

Virginia: Accomack, Alexandria City, Arlington, Caroline, Charles City, Chesapeake City, Clarke, Essex, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church City, Fauquier, Gloucester, Hampton City, Isle of Wight, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Loudoun, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Newport News City, Norfolk City, Northampton, Northumberland, Portsmouth City, Poquoson City, Prince William, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Suffolk City, Surry, Virginia Beach City, Westmoreland, Williamsburg City, York

West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan

Accessing DIRS: The URL for DIRS is www.fcc.gov/nors/disaster/. Alternately, you can go to www.fcc.gov and find DIRS under e-filing.

Login: If you do not have a login, there is a link on the login page that will allow you to get a user ID and password. If you have a user ID, but do not remember your password, please use the forgotten password link on the login page. If you have a user ID and a password, please use them to log into DIRS.
After you log on, please fill in the reports for the types of equipment that you have in your network, in the areas of interest. There is a user’s manual available at the DIRS website.
Please feel free to contact any of the following if you have any questions:
  • John Healy, FCC, (202) 418-2448 or (215) 847-8094 (cell)
  • Jeff Goldthorp, FCC, (202) 418-1096 or (202) 253-1595 (cell)
  • Julia Tu, FCC, (202) 418-0731 or (202) 321-4399 (cell)
  • Michael Caiafa, FCC, (202) 418-1311 or (202) 277-5690 (cell)
Providers needing emergency Special Temporary Authority (STA) or needing to consult FCC bureaus and offices about their recovery efforts during the weekend or after hours can call the FCC’s Operations Center, which is open 24 hours a day, at (202) 418-1122.
For assistance with obtaining Special Temporary Authority (STA) during regular business hours, please contact the Media Bureau at:
(202) 418-2700 for radio
(202) 418-1600 for television