Summary of Hurricane Local Statement Social Science Projects

The goal of the social science research report is to provide recommendations to the National Weather Service to improve the timing, readability, and usefulness of the hurricane local statements issued by weather forecast offices when an area is under tropical cyclone threat. This exploratory social science project involved the collection of qualitative data from three important stakeholder groups (broadcast meteorologists, emergency management personnel, and hurricane local statement-savvy community leaders) between August 2013 and February 2014. Stakeholders reviewed prototypes of current and reformatted products. Results from this research will guide the development of the next version of the products for further testing and operational use on an experimental basis.

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