The FCC has activated its disaster information reporting system (DIRS) as Hurricane Lane bears down on the Hawaiian islands. At the same time, it has suspended its separate Network Outage Reporting System for the duration of the DIRS activation and it outlining procedures for restoring service in the case of outages or damage.
According to Weather Channel, the storm is currently a category 4 storm a little over 200 miles Southwest of the islands. “Hurricane Lane continues to pose a rare and historic threat to all of the Hawaiian Islands,” said Weather Channel hurricane expert Rick Knabb. “While no one knows for sure whether the center of the hurricane will come ashore on any of the islands, that remains a possibility, and residents and visitors in the hurricane warning areas are urged to follow instructions from local officials as weather deteriorates.”
DIRS is a voluntary web-based system that broadcast and cable operators, telcos and ISPs use to report the status of infrastructure.