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 limited capacity.
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.