Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS)
The Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) is a
White House-directed emergency phone service provided by the
National Communications System (NCS) in the Cyber Security &
Communications Division, National Protection and Programs of the
Department of Homeland Security.
GETS supports Federal, State, local, and tribal government,
industry, and non-governmental organization (NGO) personnel in
performing their National Security and Emergency Preparedness
(NS/EP) missions. GETS provides emergency access and priority
processing in the local and long distance segments of the Public
Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). It is intended to be used in
an emergency or crisis situation when the PSTN is congested and
the probability of completing a call over normal or other
alternate telecommunication means has significantly decreased.