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Hazard Simplification Surveys
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Public Information Statement PNS17-13
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
210 PM EDT Tue Apr 11 2017
To:        Subscribers:
           -NOAA Weather Wire Service
           -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
           Other NWS partners and NWS employees
From:      Eli Jacks, Chief, Forecast Services Division
Subject:   NWS Hazard Simplification Project: Collecting Public
           Comment on a Proposed Operational Demonstration to
           Consolidate and Reformat NWS Winter and Flood Hazard
           Messaging Products through May 31, 2017
NWS is collecting comments through May 31, 2017, on a proposed
operational demonstration to consolidate (i.e., reduce the
number of), and reformat winter- and flood-based Watches,
Warnings, and Advisories (WWA). This proposed demonstration
would commence during the fall of 2017.
Surveys are available at the following links and will remain
open through May 31, 2017:
Proposed winter product changes:
Proposed flood product changes:
The proposed changes are based on feedback from surveys NWS
issued in the fall of 2016 and also on the results of social
science research. Analyses from these efforts indicate that
users are sometimes confused by the large number of hazard
messages or "products" NWS currently issues. Feedback has also
indicated NWS should apply a consistent product formatting
approach to communicate expected hazards and associated impacts.
A listing of the specific proposals, along with examples of the
proposed consolidated and reformatted messages, are contained in
the Product Description Document (PDD) at the link below:

Based on feedback received, NWS may implement some or all of the
operational demonstration proposals in the fall of 2017 and may
also consider the reformatting and consolidation approach for
other hazard types in 2018. A Service Change Notice with a
minimum 75-day lead time would be issued in advance of any
operational changes.