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NWS meteorologist performing on-site decision support services

In order to support our core partner's ever-changing and complex decisions to ensure public safety and the effective use of resources, NWS Charleston, WV offers Impact-Based Decision Support Services (IDSS).  IDSS can include forecast advice and interpretive services when weather, water, or climate has a direct impact on the protection of lives and property, can be recurring or episodic, and delivered remotely or on-site.

Who can request IDSS?


NWS Core Partners are government and non-government entities which are directly involved in the preparation, dissemination and discussions involving weather, water or climate-related NWS information, that supports decision making for routine or episodic, high-impact events.  This includes:

  • Emergency Management community
  • Government partners
  • Water Resources Management community
How do I request support for an event?


Please utilize the following form to provide information on the event you are requesting support and the parameters of support you are requesting.  Please contact for any questions about our IDSS services.