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Public Information Statement, Amended

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1245 PM EDT Thu Aug 22 2013


TO:      Subscribers:

         -Family of Services

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


         Other NWS Partners, Users, and Employees


FROM:    Chris Strager

         Acting Director

         NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services


SUBJECT: Amended: Extending Comment Period through September 23,

         2013, on Proposed Enhanced Impact-Based Decision Support

         Services for the Emergency Management Community


Amended to extend the comment period through September 23, 2013


NWS is soliciting comments by 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/incidents impacting safety

of life and property.


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. To

this end, NWS is enhancing decision support services, improving

technology to track and forecast storms, and expanding its

dissemination efforts to achieve far-reaching national

preparedness. For information on the NWS Roadmap see:


To implement our WRN Roadmap, focused IDSS activities are

currently taking place at several offices taking part in NWS WRN

Pilot Projects.  In addition, through ongoing prototype

activities, many other offices across NWS are exploring new ways

of providing decision support services. This SDD describes how

NWS will incorporate best practices from these prototype

activities into our support for the emergency management

community across NWS.


NWS policy requires that public comment/review before

implementing new or substantially modified products or

services. To date, we determined products/services to be new or

substantially modified based on product content or method of

delivery. This framework does not fit well with the paradigm of

IDSS because such services may vary in content and method of

delivery depending on the nature of the particular customer or

event being addressed.


To address NWS enhancements to IDSS, we will be providing a

series of SDDs describing who we plan to provide our services to

and what types of decisions we plan to support. The SDD addressed

in this notice is for IDSS for the emergency management

community. This SDD, which supports events/incidents impacting

safety of life and property, may be accessed at:


Please provide comments on the proposed IDSS enhancements as

described in this document by September 23, 2013, to:


If you have comments or questions regarding this Public

Information Statement, please contact:


  Wendy Levine

  National Weather Service

  Silver Spring Maryland 20910

  301-713-3380 x 133


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