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FCC Activates Reporting System for Hurricane Irma

The FCC has activated its Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) in counties in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the face of Hurricane Irma, a category 5 that is devastating the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, the FCC is still collecting information on the state of communications in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Related: FCC Outlines Irma-Related Dispensation Process

DIRS is a voluntary web-based reporting system that communications outlets—broadcast, cable, wireless, wireline—use to keep the FCC apprised of the status of their communications infrastructure.

Counties being asked to report are:

Puerto Rico—Aguadilla, Aguas Buenas, Arecibo, Barceloneta, Bayamon, Caguas, Camuy, Canovanas, Carolina, Catano, Ceiba, Corozal, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Hatillo, Humacao, Isabela, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loiza, Luquillo, Manati, Maunabo, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Quebradillas, Rio Grande, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Yabucoa.

Virgin Islands—St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.