GETS is available to hospitals and other organizations
responsible for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
Individuals who would need to communicate during an emergency
should carry a personal GETS card.
Key locations and functions such as hospital crisis centers
should keep a supply of GETS cards on hand for use during an
emergency. As of September 2008, 138 California hospitals have
obtained over 1800 GETS cards. GETS uses the full capacity of the
public network, it is not a separate system or network with
The only cost to obtain GETS cards is the short time it takes to
request GETS through the easy-to-use on-line system and to train
personnel. GETS cards remain U.S. Government property for
official use by authorized personnel; the user organization is
neither purchasing nor acquiring ownership of the GETS cards.