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Proposed: Hazard Simplification Final Proposal: Discontinuance of Advisory, Special Weather Statement, and Short Term Forecast Headlines
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As the core component of the Hazard Simplification (Haz Simp) project, the National Weather Service (NWS) is collecting comments through August 21, 2020 on the proposed discontinuation of “Advisory”, “Special Weather Statement”, and “Short Term Forecast” headlines. In their place, NWS proposes the use of generic, plain language statements to convey information for lower-level hazardous events that are not expected to reach the “Watch” or “Warning” levels. All current “Watch” and “Warning” products would remain unchanged. The purpose of this proposal is to address extensive social science research, which indicated three main concerns: 1) The large number of existing WWA products can create confusion for NWS partners and the public, 2) the formats of WWA and other key messaging products are inconsistent, and 3) WWA headlines can be misunderstood, leading to unintended protective action or lack thereof.
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Comment Start Date:
2020-06-11 Comment End Date: 2020-08-21
Last edit date to this meta-data: 2020-06-11