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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

August 25, 2011


Contact: ATF Public Affairs Division

(202) 648-8500

ATF Urges Explosives Licensees and Permittees to Be Prepared for Hurricane Irene and Other Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON – In preparation for Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today urged federal explosives licensees (FELs) and permittees to be prepared and protect their merchandise and facilities. ATF has prepared guidance, available online, regarding how to plan ahead before disasters strike.

An informational ATF brochure on ATF’s website should answer questions for licensees and dealers that are affected by flooding or other such incidents. The brochure, "Voluntary Steps to Prepare for a Pending Natural Disaster," (ATF Publication 5400.16, March 2011), is available at

FELs and permittees that have additional questions concerning how to prepare for disasters are urged to contact their local ATF field office or the Explosives Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7120. For other useful information on planning for a natural disaster, please visit Further information about ATF is available at