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Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

944 AM EDT Fri Jun 21 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: Reminder: Comments Sought by August 23, 2013 on Proposed

         Enhanced Impact-Based Decision Support Services

         For the Emergency Management Community


NWS is soliciting comments by August 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 NWS seek public comment/review before

implementing new or substantially modified product 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 Service Description Documents 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 August 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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