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  Emergency Broadcast System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) was an emergency warning system in the USA used from 1963 to 1997, at which time it was replaced with the Emergency Alert System.
The EBS was replaced by the Emergency Alert System, or EAS, which was initiated in 1994 and fully implemented nationwide in 1997.
Although the system was never used for a nuclear emergency, it was activated more than 20,000 times between 1976 and 1996 to broadcast civil emergency messages and warnings of severe weather hazards.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Emergency_Broadcast_System   (1090 words)

 Emergency Alert System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Emergency Alert System (EAS), is a national system in the U.S. put into place in 1994, superseding the Emergency Broadcast System and is jointly administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), FEMA, and the National Weather Service.
The official EAS system is designed to enable the President of the United States to speak to the United States within 10 minutes (this official federal EAS system has never been activated).
At 3:45 pm officials at the OEM announced that the activation and broadcast of the Emergency Alert System was in error due to the fact that the button used to conduct weekly EAS tests is located next to a button that is used to issue an emergency alert to evacuate the state.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Emergency_Alert_System   (1235 words)

 Emergency Broadcast System - United States Nuclear Forces
The Emergency Broadcast System was initiated in 1963 during the Kennedy Administration, to allow the president to address the entire nation in an emergency.
The system was never used for a nuclear emergency, though it was activated more than 20,000 times between 1976 and 1996 to broadcast civil emergency messages and warnings of severe weather hazards.
The broadcasters of your area in voluntary cooperation with the Federal, State and local authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency.
www.fas.org /nuke/guide/usa/c3i/ebs.htm   (607 words)

 Emergency Broadcast System   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The EBS was retired in January 1998 and replaced with the new state-of-the-art Emergency Alert System (EAS).
The color-coded system comes partly as a response to public complaints that four broad terror alerts issued by the government since the September terror attacks raised alarm without providing useful guidance.
The alert system is in force immediately for federal agencies, and Ridge is urging state and local governments to adopt it, too.
www.artcontext.org /crit/scrapbook/2001/emergency_broadcast_system.html   (579 words)

 Emergency Alert Systems | Emergency Notification | Emergency Broadcast Services with Emergency Response & Disaster ...
Our phone system automatically dials a phone number and plays a recorded message when it detects a person answers the call or when an answering machine message is detected.
Our 911 emergency broadcast service is easy to use and we provide several methods to activate a mass communications broadcast.
Unlike some systems that are limited by the number of lines available to perform this emergency dialing, our service is provided to you using a network of phone dialers that can deliver your emergency messages much faster.
www.911broadcast.com   (1590 words)

 Office of Emergency Management
The emergency notification system is a public alert system that allows officials to contact residents directly via the telephone in the case of an emergency.
Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, to air a description of the missing child and suspected abductor.
In each area where such systems exist, local officials believe that quickly distributing descriptive information regarding the child abducted as well as the alleged perpetrator of the crime is absolutely critical to the timely location of the child and the apprehension of the perpetrator.
www.co.clark.nv.us /Administrative_services/oem/response.htm   (994 words)

 This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
As with the old CONELRAD and EBS systems, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) serves as the primary means of communication to the public of impending national crises and local disasters.
Now instead of hearing “This test of the Emergency Broadcast System…” you hear “This is a test of the Emergency Alert System.” Another notable difference is that the dual-tone alert associated with the EBS has been replaced with an eight-second digital data signal.
The role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is to provide state and local emergency management agencies with technical assistance in developing and implementing EAS activation plans to fulfill their role in the EAS system.
www.dicksonherald.com /news/stories/20040806/radio.shtml   (890 words)

Broadcasters and cable operators that voluntarily follow the recommended procedures of the Local Area Plan may identify themselves as a “Local Participant in the Emergency Alert System for the San Antonio Operational Area” in EAS tests, public service announcements, and other promotional materials.
Broadcasters and cable operators are encouraged to set their EAS Encoder/Decoders to either automatic or semi-automatic mode in order to rebroadcast Local EAS messages within five (5) minutes of receipt.
Overnight, weekends and holidays when the city/county administrative and emergency management offices are closed, local EAS activation may be requested through the 24-hour police or fire dispatch center if so authorized by their city or county office of emergency management.
www.broadcast.net /~sbe69/EAS_SanAntonio.htm   (3421 words)

Many people, both inside and outside the world of the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS), have heard of the new system but are unsure as to exactly what the new EAS is, who will use it, and what makes it better then the old system.
All three systems were devised to provide the President a means to communicate with the public in the event of a national emergency.
The monthly test can be scheduled however and stations and cable systems are encouraged to choose a time convenient to all by participating in the EAS planning process at the local level.
www.bwolf.com /print.php?aid=34   (2683 words)

 EAS & Warning System Testing
Local and county emergency operations centers have the ability to input messages directly to the EAS in much the same way as the NWS.
The sirens are designed as an outdoor warning system and may not always be audible in densely populated areas or indoors.
The siren systems are activated locally and are designed to alert area residents of threatening conditions.
www.ocswa.ohio.gov /eas.aspx   (348 words)

The new system provides state and local officials with a new method to quickly send out important local emergency information targeted to a specific area.
Broadcasters and cable operators can then retransmit NWS weather warning messages almost immediately to their audiences.
The EAS digital system architecture allows broadcast stations, cable systems, participating satellite companies, and other services to send and receive emergency information quickly and automatically even if those facilities are unattended.
www.filcro.com /Emergency-Alert-System.html   (685 words)

 The EBS Authenticator Word List
Alert System's Deafening Silence: While there is little doubt most Americans consider the September 11 terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to have been a national emergency, the nation's emergency-alert system remained silent.
State emergency management officials said a worker entered the wrong code during the weekly test of the emergency alert system, leading television viewers and radio listeners to believe that the state was being evacuated.
The Emergency Alert System, best known for weather bulletins and Amber Alerts for missing children, should be upgraded to explore communicating by cellphones, personal digital assistants and text pagers targeted to geographic areas or specific groups, U.S. officials said.
www.akdart.com /ebs.html   (4418 words)

 Wireless Tech - Cell Phones Join Emergency Broadcast Network
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security, is demonstrating today a new system for warnings to be sent as text messages to cell phones, satellite radio devices, cable TV stations, Web sites, and PDAs, in addition to traditional media outlets.
This text-messaging system for emergency alerts has been in the test stages since October, 2004, according to Homeland Security, and has already been tested in 23 public TV stations.
During the Cold War, the Emergency Broadcast System was established to provide warnings over TV and radio of nuclear attack.
www.newsfactor.com /story.xhtml?story_title=Cell_Phones_Join_Emergency_Broadcast_Network&story_id=10100002O6ZO   (642 words)

 SkyStream Networks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This system could enable the fast, efficient and reliable delivery of critical information over digital TV airwaves to major metropolitan areas where other communication systems may be temporarily disabled or out of service in the event of an emergency.
Anyone such as emergency relief, law enforcement or medical personnel at the location of a disaster or in a mobile vehicle equipped with a DTV receiver device could begin to receive data broadcasts including street maps, internal government emergency communications, satellite imagery, live streaming news and other critical information.
From there, New York City based educational broadcaster and PBS member station, WNYE-TV, one of only three broadcasters in New York that were capable of transmitting DTV signals in the wake of the terrorist attacks, broadcast emergency Internet, news and video content to a mobile receiver at Ground Zero.
www.skystream.com /press/2001/011029-ebs.asp   (1315 words)

 Her Ladyship: Emergency broadcast system
This morning, Texas Public Radio stopped its show right at 7AM on the dot to run a test of the emergency broadcast system.
I was grooving along to the beat when I heard the emergency broadcast system go off again.
This time it was stranger, because I'm pretty sure that my gym has satellite radio, which I didn't think was bound by those kinds of regulations.
herladyship.blogspot.com /2006/06/emergency-broadcast-system.html   (501 words)

 The Straight Dope Mailbag: What happened to the Emergency Broadcast System?
Growing up in the seventies and eighties, I remember radio airplay being interrupted by "tests" run by the Emergency Broadcast System: "This is a test." When I heard something similar on the radio the other day, it made me realize that I haven't heard said tests for quite some time, and it got me thinking.
Established in 1963 by the Federal Communications Commission, the EBS was designed to transmit messages on all broadcast stations (AM, FM and TV), giving the President a way to address the American people in the event of a national emergency.
In the past year, we Californians have heard the EBS signal intoned many times as emergency officials came on the air to warn us of levy breaks and nearby floods.
www.straightdope.com /mailbag/m-ebs.html   (488 words)

 Emergency Warning System, Streamwood, Illinois (IL)
The safety and protection of Streamwood residents is enhanced with a number of community warning systems.
A new community warning system is being instituted by the Streamwood Park District for lightening prediction.
The lightening prediction system will be activated when weather conditions are most likely to produce lightening strikes.
www.streamwood.org /Services/Police/CrimePreventionAndSafety/EmergencyWarningSystem.htm   (279 words)

 Office of Emergency Management - Emergency Warning Systems
(EAS) is a system that provides immediate communications and information to the general public at the national, state, or local level during periods of national emergency.
During an emergency, NWS forecasters interrupt routine broadcasts and send a special tone activating local weather radios.
A cable override may also be used to broadcast emergency messages.  If a cable override occurs, every channel on the television will be interrupted and a voice announcement will be heard.
www.dallascityhall.com /html/oem_emergency_warning_systems.html   (372 words)

 The Emergency Broadcast System: This Is Not A Test…by Kirsten Anderberg
The Emergency Broadcast System: This Is Not A Test…by Kirsten Anderberg
Other things that were broadcast after the 1989 quake were school closures, the status of federal aid getting to our area, ways to make water potable, which roadways were impassible and alternative routes that were available, emergency shelter locations, reports on aftershock activity, and more.
The Emergency Broadcast System was created in 1963 by the Kennedy Administration, in preparation for civil defense in a nuclear age.
users.resist.ca /~kirstena/pageebs.html   (1669 words)

 Managing Emergency Events   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Warning sirens, the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS), and NOAA weather alerting radios will be activated by local emergency management officials to inform the public of any type of an emergency including an emergency at the Pantex Plant, severe weather, or chemical spills.
If there is an emergency and you live within the Emergency Planning Zone of the plant, you may hear warning sirens, be alerted by law enforcement personnel, or receive warning on your radio or television.
A General Emergency is declared when a very serious problem exists at the plant that may require protection of the public in affected areas.
www.pantex.com /ds/pxgenc3.htm   (2108 words)

 CONELRAD and Emergency Communication - CONELRAD History
Following the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1961, the emergency communications capability of the United States was examined, resulting in the scrapping of CONELRAD and the adoption of the Emergency Broadcast System.
Designed with local use in mind in the case of disasters, the Emergency Broadcast System was still hoped to be useful in the event of a nuclear emergency.
The Emergency Broadcast System was used extensively for local emergencies, such as brush fires and hurricanes, and while it was never needed to warn of a nuclear attack, it did fulfill its purpose to warn the American people of natural disasters.
www.piedmontcommunities.us /servlet/go_ProcServ/dbpage=page&GID=00134000000973802080999925&PG=00139000000976071566049464   (468 words)

 Mobile Emergency Advisory Radio System
What May Be Broadcast webpage (for broadcast content permitted by the FCC).
Broadcasts must be voice-only with no commercial content.
NOAA weather and EAS emergency messages are broadcast as they are issued.
www.issinfosite.com /products-responder1.htm   (530 words)

 Emergency Alert System
The EAS is basically a new and improved Emergency Broadcast System (EBS).
These were devised to provide the President a means to communicate with the public in the event of a national emergency.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Association of Broadcasters, are involved in a comprehensive program to develop and improve the Emergency Alert System into an effective, modern and efficient mechanism to alert the public of impending danger.
www.floridadisaster.org /bpr/EMTOOLS/Warning/eas.htm   (211 words)

 Department of Commerce Home Page
The Emergency Broadcast System and the Public Address System (q.v.) were implemented to fill that need.
The Emergency Broadcast System is of little use to employees who are not at their desks or near a phone during emergencies.
The Public Address System works with the Emergency Broadcast System--playing the same messages that come out over the phones--or independently, in case the phones are not working.
www.osec.doc.gov /cio/systems_telecommunications_management.htm   (902 words)

 The Internet IS the Emergency Broadcast System | TPMCafe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Now it's time to move forward and push for enhanced communications systems for subway riders - whether they be low-tech, such as intercoms on trains and working public address systems on platforms, or high-tech, such as making it possible for cell phone users to dial 911 from underground.
GIS systems are almost never owned and operated by private firms: they belong to the municipality, which uses the system as it sees fit.
Meaning an emergency message could be broadcast on WiFi to an infinite number of end receivers, in much the same as radio is. DSL and Cable can't do that.
www.tpmcafe.com /story/2005/8/18/14421/0907   (5346 words)

 Emergency Alerting System (EAS)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is the primary means for providing the public with critical alert information about an emergency or disaster.
The heart of the system is a special encode/decode device sometimes referred to as a "smart box" that all broadcasters had to have in-place as of January 1997.
Broadcasters obtain their copy of the state plan from the Washington State Association of Broadcasters (WSAB).
emd.wa.gov /1-dir/com/eas.htm   (548 words)

 The Village of Glen Carbon Police Department Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS)
POLICY: It shall be the policy of the Village of Glen Carbon Police Department to activate the Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS) to alert the public of the threat of severe weather, hazardous material spills and leaks, and any other situations that constitute a threat to the general health and safety of the public.
The EWBS may be activated in miscellaneous emergency situations using the public address feature when circumstances exist that imminently threaten the loss of life or substantial property loss.
The dispatcher on duty shall activate the system with the test message and perform a live test on the system on the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.
www.glen-carbon.il.us /Services/ewbswarning.htm   (833 words)

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