"This Roadmap creates a practical guide to making the vision of a Weather-Ready Nation a reality. The United States has had 14 weather-related events that caused damages of a billion dollars or more in 2011 - a new record. At the same time, the current U.S. (and global) economy is placing enormous pressure on Federal budgets. The contrast between these growing societal needs and uncertain budgets makes this Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Roadmap especially challenging: the agency needs a practical approach to building a Weather-Ready Nation that can adapt to our changing society. To manage high-impact events more effectively in the future, this Roadmap will guide the agency - and its customers - in the direction of a Weather-Ready Nation."
United States. National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/