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Service Change Notification 17-57

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1145 AM EDT Tue May 16 2017


To:        Subscribers

           - NOAA Weather Wire Service

           - Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

           - NOAAPORT

           Other NWS partners, users and NWS employees


From:      Michelle Hawkins, Chief

           Severe, Fire, Public and Winter Services Branch


Subject:   Change to the census area name and the Federal

           Information Processing Series (FIPS) code for Wade

           Hampton Census Area, AK, effective on June 13, 2017


In response to a request by Governor Bill Walker of Alaska, the

U.S. Census Bureau changed the name of the Wade Hampton Census

Area to the Kusilvak Census Area on July 1, 2015. The existing

census area boundaries remain unchanged. The FIPS code for the

census area changed from 02270 to 02158.


The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency

Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the

Alaska Broadcasters Association have implemented the name and

FIPS code changes in their systems, and the State of Alaska

Emergency Alert System (EAS) Plan has been updated.


In the NWS Alaska Region, there are no WFO or National Tsunami

Warning Center products conveyed using census area (or borough)

names or FIPS codes. Therefore, no actions are required by

partners and users receiving and parsing exact text strings for

any NWS products associated with this census area. Since there

may be NWS partners with systems associating NWS public zones

with the census area name and/or FIPS code, a list of the

impacted public zones follows:


AKZ155   Kuskokwim Delta

AKZ212   Eastern Norton Sound and Nulato Hills

AKZ214   Yukon Delta

AKZ215   Lower Yukon Valley


Updated AWIPS census area and public forecast zone shape files

reflecting the new census area name and new census area FIPS

code are online, respectively at:



For more information, please contact:


  Louise Fode

  Warning Coordination Meteorologist

  WFO Anchorage, AK



  Ed Plumb

  Warning Coordination Meteorologist

  WFO Fairbanks, AK



  Andy Horvitz

  Severe, Fire, Public and Winter Services Branch

  NWS Headquarters

  Silver Spring, MD




National Public Information Statements are online at: