emergency broadcast system

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emergency broadcast system

[ə′mər·jən·sē ′brȯd‚kast ‚sis·təm]
(communications)
A system of broadcast stations and interconnecting facilities authorized by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to operate in a controlled manner during a war, threat of war, state of public peril or disaster, or other national emergency.
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In the 1960s the emergency broadcast system (EBS) was launched to notify the masses using the very latest technologies--television and radio.
The original alert system was instated by President Harry Truman in the 1950s, and required weekly tests that intoned "This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test." This system was replaced with the Emergency Alert System in 1997 which enables the president to address the entire country in cases of nuclear attack within ten minutes.
Remember the last time you heard the following on a local radio station: "This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test"?
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