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Emergency managers input need on NWS' HazSimp; Please respond to this quick survey

from IAEM

The National Weather Service’s (NWS) hazard simplification project (HazSimp) is designed to both simplify and make more effective the warning messages distributed by the NWS. Much of the impetus for change was based on feedback from meteorologists and emergency managers about confusing aspects of the warnings. Therefore, beginning in fall 2017, the NWS implemented a simplified reformatting process such that all messages use a consistent format of “What,” “Where,” “When,” “Additional Details” and “Precautionary/Preparedness Actions.” Dr. Mark Casteel (Penn State York) has spent the last couple of years investigating whether the HazSimp warnings allow individuals to make better protective action decisions. His research to date has utilized members of the general public, as well as a convenience sample of college undergraduates. However, as the newly reformatted HazSimp warnings were intended for emergency managers, he is hoping to expand his pool of participants to include a large sample of EMs, to compare and contrast the results to those obtained from the general public. The research project takes about 12-15 minutes. Please help Dr. Casteel by responding to the survey. more

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