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Service Change Notice

Service Change Notice 12-43 Amended
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
340 PM EST Fri Nov 9 2012
To:        Subscribers:
           -Family of Services
           -NOAA Weather Wire Service
           -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
           Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees
From:      Kolly Mars
           Chief, NWS Internet Dissemination System
Subject:   Amended: GovDelivery Dissemination of NWS Alerts
           by email/SMS
SCN 12-43 issued on November 8, 2012, indicated that effective
November 8, 2012, NWS is discontinuing the weather alert services
associated with the mass email/SMS service provided under NWS
contract with GovDelivery. This service had been provided by free
subscription on
The National Weather Service contract with EFIIA Consulting, LLC
(GovDelivery service) is scheduled to terminate effective
November 13, 2012. While the service provided by GovDelivery
under the contract has met all government requirements, current
fiscal challenges require the NWS to review dissemination methods
to ensure the most efficient means are used to provide the public
with essential services. 
It is our understanding that GovDelivery, Inc. intends to
continue an equivalent service and enable additional
subscriptions through their company Website at:
GovDelivery intends to send current subscribers a message that
will provide subscribers an opportunity to re-subscribe to the
new service.
A small number of subscribers who were recipients of non-publicly
available messages will receive a separate notification from the
NWS provider of this information regarding the delivery status of
these messages.
The NWS will continue to provide alert and warning information in
standard formats (such as RSS, XML, REST, and CAP), which are
available to all users, including commercial providers who wish
to develop comparable alerting services.  A sample listing of
existing services providing email/SMS alerts for weather events,
is available at:
Official dissemination sources including NOAA Weather Radio, NOAA
Weather Wire Service, and
will continue to be available to the public, and the iNWS service
for emergency managers and other core partners will also
For more information please contact:
   Mark Paese
   Director, Office of Operational Systems
   1325 East West Hwy
   Silver Spring, MD 20910
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