The US Federal Communications Commission has warned that business continuity strategies of communications companies in areas of the north eastern United States most impacted by Hurricane Sandy are in jeopardy due to difficulties in obtaining additional fuel for emergency generators. Initial generator supplies are being used up and obtaining resupply is proving difficult for many.

In a statement issued by the US Federal Communications Commission, Chairman Julius Genachowski said:

“Overall, we’re seeing both continued improvement in communications networks and also that much work remains to be done to restore service fully. The supply of fuel to generators is essential to keep communications service up and running, and we’re working with federal, state, and local authorities to speed fuel delivery. This is a priority because our commercial communications networks are essential to emergency response and recovery efforts, as well as to commercial activities and connecting with family.”

FCC Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau Chief David Turetsky elaborated:

“Our Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) remains activated and we continue to collect data from communications companies about the impacts of the storm. As of 10 a.m. this morning [November 1st], our assessment indicates steady improvements in wireline and wireless communications networks throughout the affected area. However, restoration efforts in the hardest hit areas – including New York and New Jersey – continues to be more difficult. Replenishing fuel supplies for generators that are enabling communications networks to continue operating is a particularly critical challenge."