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The NWS Haz Simp team worked with social scientists to design a "WWA Generalizable Survey". In this context, the word "Generalizable" is intended to convey that the results will apply across all demographics and can be interpreted as applicable to the general public for purposes of decision making.

Goals of the survey will include: 

(1) to determine how pervasive confusion and misunderstanding is with regard to the WWA terms, and

(2) to test alternative language and phrases that may be more readily understood.

The results of this survey will be used to drive decision making as to whether further efforts should consider pursuing an alternative system to WWA. A final report was delivered in June 2018 and is posted in the "Reference Materials" section.