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Service Change Notice 12-43

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

920 AM EST Nov 8 2012


To:        Subscribers:

           -Family of Services

           -NOAA Weather Wire Service

           -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


           Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees


From:      Kolly Mars

           Chief, NWS Internet Dissemination System


Subject:   Termination of NWS Alerts by email/SMS on

  Effective November 8 2012


Effective November 8 2012, NWS is discontinuing the services associated with the mass email/SMS service provided by GovDelivery, which provides NWS alerts by email/SMS service for all subscribed users. This service has been provided by free subscription on 


Current fiscal challenges require the NWS to review dissemination methods to ensure the most efficient means are used to provide the public with essential services.


The NWS will continue to provide alert and warning information in standard formats, such as RSS, XML, REST, and CAP, which are available to all users. Third party vendors also have services available which can provide email/SMS alerts for weather events, a sample listing of such services is available at


Official dissemination sources including NOAA Weather Radio, NWS

Weather Wire Service, and


will continue to be available to the public, and the iNWS service for emergency managers and other core partners will also continue.


The effective date of this change is sooner than specified by NWS policy (NWS Instruction 10-1805). The reduction of the normal advance lead time was approved by the NWS Office of Service Director.


For more information please contact:


   Mark Paese

   Director, Office of Operational Systems

   1325 East West Hwy

   Silver Spring, MD 20910


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