Friday, December 28, 2007

Editorial: TENS - Telephone emergency notification systems

TENS - Telephone emergency notification systems, Well what ya think do we have a new moniker for Telephone emergency notification systems? Whether creating new headlines or a memo in a EOC we all certainly need a shorter name than "Reverse Call-Back system", Reverse 9-11 system 0r "Telephone emergency notification system" for one thing it is to long for Headlines! and really could save vital time in critical situations from incident command level to tactical communications level.
I have never tired to coin a term before but as of now at Cal Fire News we will refer to these systems as the TENS or the TEN System.

Quick research on Google shows no significant prior usage of this term.

Comments welcome


TENS or the TEN System. - (Acronym) Shorthand for the for Reverse 911 Telephone Emergency Notification System.
The TENS Emergency Notification System allows local government to rapidly send telephone notifications to all residents and businesses in an affected area in the event of an emergency. An operator using the system can identify a affected neighborhood or a region of a city and record a message that describes the situation. The TENS will automatically call listed and unlisted telephone numbers (including TTY/TDD) within the affected area and deliver the recorded message. If phone lines are busy, the system will attempt to redial those telephone numbers to make contact. If an answering machine picks up the call, the emergency message will be left on the machine.

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