CENS is designed to rapidly notify an affected area of an emergency by sending an alert through the telephone system. Potential uses can include local alerts about emergencies such as:
public safety threats,
hazardous materials, etc.
Landline phones are automatically added to the system but in order to get an alert on your cell phone or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone, you must register your cell or VoIP phone number. While landline phones receive a recorded message, cell and VoIP phones are capable of receiving both a recorded message and a text message. Caller ID will show as "REVERSE911CALL" with a 480 area code.