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Public Information Notice 16-12

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

943 AM EDT Mon May 16 2016


TO:      Subscribers:

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


         Other NWS Partners, Users, and Employees


FROM:    John Murphy

         Chief Operating Officer, National Weather Service


SUBJECT: Comments Sought by July 15, 2016, on National Weather

         Service Philosophy for Impact-Based Decision Support



The NWS is soliciting comments until July 15, 2016, on a

description of the Impact-Based Decision Support Services (IDSS)

operating philosophy it proposes to adopt as it moves forward in

refining the scope of its products and services providing impact-

based decision support services to support a Weather-Ready



The NWS Roadmap 2.0 is focused on building a Weather-Ready Nation

(WRN), which means building community resilience in the face of

increasing vulnerability to extreme weather-dependent impacts.


For information on the NWS Roadmap see:


To implement our WRN Roadmap, the NWS is currently engaged in a

process of examining its operating philosophy and internal

operational structure to realign the NWS’s resources,

organization, and processes to achieve its WRN goals. The NWS

aims to improve clarity about its intent, capabilities, and

capacities to provide IDSS as well as work within the context of

a broader Environmental Information Enterprise in meeting the

public safety needs of the nation.


At this stage, we would like to articulate our proposed IDSS

operating philosophy as we engage in providing these services and

seek stakeholder input as we form this foundation for building

further clarity on details of the NWS’s plans for IDSS. A

description of the NWS’s IDSS operating philosophy is available



This document describes our definition of IDSS and on whom we

will focus our services. The intent is for the NWS to focus on

building deep relationships with those government partners who

have a mutual focus on public safety and who possess the

authority for making public safety decisions and/or where there

is an existing mandate for NOAA/NWS to engage with these

partners. The NWS plans to work with these partners to understand

their operating needs and to become an integral resource

supporting their operations in support of public safety.


Input on this material may be provided by July 15, 2016 to


We plan to follow up with more detailed information on how the

NWS’s plans to provide IDSS once we have had an opportunity to

incorporate stakeholder feedback on these basic concepts of our

operating philosophy. For those who have previously provided

input on the NWS’s plans for IDSS over the past few years, we

appreciate your patience as we work to integrate those

operational plans within the context of this overall operating

philosophy and our internal review of the NWS’s resources,

capabilities, and operating structure. Some of the content may

have changes from previous materials you have reviewed.


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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