The FCC has a voluntary program called the Disaster Information Reporting Service (DIRS). DIRS is a voluntary, web-based system that all communications companies, including broadcasters, can use to report communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis. This is an important service, and stations are encouraged to participate.
The FCC just sent out a notification to stations that have already signed up for DIRS, that it will be running an exercise on September 13th. The FCC will send out the DIRS 2018 EXERCISE activation letter at 10 AM (EDT) on September 13th. Your first set of reports will be due at 3 PM on September 13th. The FCC will also ask you to update your reports by 11 AM on September 14th. This DIRS exercise is voluntary and applies only to those stations that have signed up for the DIRS program previously.
THE DIRS EXERCISE IS COMPLETELY SEPARATE FROM THE NATIONAL EAS TEST THAT WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE FCC AND FEMA ON SEPTEMBER 20TH.
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