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Weather Risk Information and Impacts for Schools Systems Kit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: NA21OAR0210303
Agency Tracking Number: 2947622
Amount: $499,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.5
Solicitation Number: NOAA-OAR-OAR-TPO-2021-2006739
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-06-30
Small Business Information
6820 Moquin Drive
Huntsville, AL 35806
United States
DUNS: 185169620
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Elise  Shultz
 Senior Research Scientist
 (256) 361-0796
Business Contact
 Edward McAbee
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (256) 361-0817
Research Institution

The vision of a Weather-Ready Nation is achieved through the synthesis of the large number of
NOAA products and services into meaningful and actionable information for community
stakeholders and individual populations. Many community stakeholders such as school
administrators find themselves in high-stakes weather-related decision-making situations where
they are left to their self-interpretation of forecast information or model output. This non-specialist
self-interpretation can be dangerous and may be influenced by source bias, hype, or other
situational-dependent factors and lead to decisions that impact hundreds to thousands of members
in our communities. This Phase II effort seeks to address improving the communication of
probabilistic and deterministic forecast information used in school system closure decision-making
with the prototype development of the Weather Risk Information and Impacts for School Systems
Kit (WxRISK) software application. WxRISK provides spatial weather hazard risk information
customized to a school district and includes features to use pre-existing school communication
channels to relay critical weather forecast information to parents ahead of impactful weather
events. This software system will address the Weather Enterprise’s goal of public-private
partnerships to increase awareness of NOAA products and services and build a more Weather
Ready and resilient nation.

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