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The National Weather Service (NWS) has embarked on an initiative to first and foremost save more lives and livelihoods. By increasing the nation’s weather-readiness, the country will be prepared to protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from weather-related disasters. Society’s ability to prepare for natural disasters requires a societal response equal to the risk. Government cannot do this alone, which is why the NWS is leveraging its vast nationwide network of partners, and incorporating new partners who are beginning to share the vision of building a Weather-Ready Nation. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss how the NWS is accomplishing this task with a focus on the pilot project at the local forecast office in Slidell, LA.