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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 FFLs 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 firearms licensees (FFLs) 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 and video are available on ATF’s website that should answer questions for FFLs that are affected by flooding or other such incidents. The brochure, Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees, (ATF publication 3317.7), is available at . The video, Disaster Preparedness, can be found under ATF’s Online Education Seminars at

FFLs that have additional questions concerning how to prepare for disasters are urged to contact their local ATF field office or the ATF Firearms Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7190.

Further information about ATF is available at