The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released a series of communications status reports that provide county-level data on communications services outages for communities that were recently hit by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
The FCC regularly issues communications status reports following major disasters to help communities analyze the impact that catastrophic disasters on critical communications infrastructure including: 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), wireless cell sites, cable systems, and broadcast television.
The reports are created using data submitted by communications service providers to the FCC through the Commission’s Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).
These reports can be useful to counties in identifying areas where residents may not have access to normal 9-1-1 service, as well as areas that have a diminished ability to receive news and emergency alerts through cable and broadcast television.
During Hurricane Irma, the FCC reported that four 9-1-1 PSAPs in Florida experienced service disruptions, however emergency calls were successfully rerouted to unimpacted PSAPs. The FCC also noted that 584 wireless cell sites in Florida experienced service disruptions which represents roughly four percent of the states wireless cell sites.
To find specific details about communications outages for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria please follow the links below.
FCC Communications Status Report: