UPDATE 10/10/2018 12:00 p.m.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff yesterday announced the activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) in response to Hurricane Michael. The FCC requests that communication providers that provide service in any of the areas listed below expeditiously submit and update information through DIRS regarding the status of their equipment, restoration efforts, and power (i.e., whether using commercial or back-up power). The DIRS can be accessed HERE.
Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 92 counties in Georgia due to Hurricane Michael. Read the executive order HERE.
As Hurricane Michael approaches, citizens will depend on broadcasters more than ever for life-saving information. Michael is projected to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast on Wednesday according to the National Hurricane Center. We remind you that now is the time to start preparing and contacting your local EMA Directors. The incredible work done by broadcasters during Hurricane Irma and Florence sets a perfect precedent for how to handle Hurricane Michael. If the GAB can be of assistance during any portion of your station’s storm coverage contact us by phone or email.
We also ask that you share with us pictures, stories, video, audio or links of your station’s storm coverage before, during and after the storm. You can email your storm coverage samples to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, here are some helpful resources from our partners around the state:
GOVERNOR DEAL’S EXECUTIVE ORDER
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The Broadcasters Foundation of America offers emergency grant assistance for those whose lives have been severely impacted. If you or someone you know has been ravaged by Hurricane Michael and may qualify for an emergency grant, visit this website and complete the application for what may be vital assistance.