On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, the Commission released a Public Notice (“Notice”) announcing that it is extending the Disaster Information Reporting System (“DIRS”) data collection area in connection with Tropical Storm Dorian to include all counties in the US Virgin Islands (“USVI”). Yesterday, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau announced the activation of DIRS extending to all municipalities in Puerto Rico.

The Commission requests that communications providers providing service to any municipality in Puerto Rico or county in the USVI submit and update information through DIRS regarding the status of their communications equipment, restoration efforts, and power, accessible at https://www.fcc.gov/nors/disaster/. The Commission also reminds providers participating in DIRS that the separate Network Outage Reporting System (“NORS”) obligations are suspended for the duration of the DIRS activation with respect to outages in the counties/municipalities where DIRS has been activated. Reports are requested beginning at 10:00 am on August 29, 2019 and every day after that by 10:00 am until DIRS is deactivated.

On Thursday, August 29, 2019, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released a Public Notice (“Notice”) announcing the deactivation of the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) for Hurricane Dorian in Puerto Rice and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Bureau notes there is a strong possibility that DIRS will be reactivated for Hurricane Dorian if the current path and intensity projections are correct.

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