Thank you for taking time to provide feedback on how we can improve our messaging during times when weather or flood hazards are either possible or happening.

The National Weather Service (NWS) currently uses “Watch”, “Warning”, and “Advisory” headlines for its messaging when such weather or flood conditions threaten. Social science research has indicated that the “Advisory” headline is very misunderstood and is often confused with the “Watch” headline. 

Based on this research and feedback from NWS partners, NWS has now decided to discontinue the “Advisory” headline in favor of plain language headlines.  This change will not be made before 2024. Our survey will ask for your feedback on how NWS should structure these plain language headlines.

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