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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

August 24, 2012

www.atf.gov

Contact: Office of Public Affairs

Cell: (202)648-8500

ATF URGES FFLS AND FELS/FEL/PS TO PREPARE FOR TROPICAL STORM ISAAC - OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS

WASHINGTON — In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac and other natural disasters, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today urged federal firearms licensees (FFLs) and federal explosives licensees and permittees (FEL/Ps) to be prepared and protect their merchandise and facilities. ATF has prepared guidance, which is available online, regarding how to plan ahead before disasters strike.

For FFLs, an ATF brochure and video are available on ATF's website with information regarding businesses that are affected by flooding or other such incidents. The brochure, "Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees," (ATF publication 3317.7), is available at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-3317-7.pdf . The video, "Disaster Preparedness," is listed under ATF's Online Education Seminars at http://www.atf.gov/training/firearms/ffl-educational-seminars/.

FEL/Ps should review the brochure, "Voluntary Steps to Prepare for a Pending Natural Disaster," (ATF Publication 5400.16, March 2011), which is available at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-5400-16.pdf.

FEL/Ps that have additional questions concerning preparedness are urged to contact their local ATF field office or the Explosives Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7120. FFLs with additional questions, should contact their local ATF field office or the ATF Firearms Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7190.

For other useful information on planning for a natural disaster, please visit www.ready.gov. Further information about ATF is available at www.atf.gov.

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