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Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1040 AM EST Fri Nov 15 2013


TO:      Subscribers:

         -Family of Services

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


         Other NWS Partners, Users, and Employees


FROM:    Christopher Strager

         Acting Director,

         NWS Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services


SUBJECT: Seeking Stakeholder Input for March 2014 Revision

         of Service Description Document on Proposed

         Enhanced Impact-Based Decision Support Services for

         the Emergency Management Community


NWS solicited comments, between May 24 and September 23,

2013, on a Service Description Document (SDD) describing

proposed enhanced impact-based decision support services

(IDSS) for the emergency management community, supporting

events or incidents impacting safety of life and property.

For more information on this SDD see:


NWS appreciates the comments provided on this SDD, although

comments were received from only a small group of

stakeholders. Review of the comments indicates that there

are significant concerns about the NWS description of our

proposed services. To address both concerns received to

date, as well as the lack of input from the full range of

key stakeholders, NWS plans to engage in informal dialogue

with stakeholder groups over the next several months, with

the intent to rewrite the SDD. One key forum for interaction

will be during the NWS Partners Meeting held in conjunction

with the AMS Annual Meeting in February 2014.


All those who submitted comments on the SDD will be made

aware, via email, of these informal discussions when they

are scheduled. If you did not previously submit comments,

butt would like to provide input on the SDD or be included

in the discussions, provide your comments or contact

information to the following address:


Based on input received to date and any additional feedback

provided by our stakeholders, either via emailed comments or

input gathered through the informal dialogue, NWS will

rewrite the SDD to clarify the intent of the proposed

enhancements and address concerns expressed by our

stakeholders. Our goal is to have a new version of the SDD

to submit for public comment and review by approximately

March 1, 2014.


The SDD may be accessed at:


If you have comments or questions regarding this Public

Information Statement, please contact:


  Wendy Levine

  National Weather Service

  Silver Spring Maryland 20910



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