Lane County's Community Emergnecy Notification System (CENS)
CENS allows Public Safety Agencies in Lane County to identify an affected area and, if necessary, send a message that describes the situation and recommend protective actions residents should take. The CENS system will automatically call out to all land-line and AlertMe registered telephone numbers within that geographic area and deliver the recorded message once a voice is heard. If your phone line is busy, the system will attempt to redial the number three times to make to make contact. If an answering machine picks up the call, the emergency message will be left on the machine.
Until recently, emergency personnel would use CENS to call land-line telephones but did not have the capability to include Wireless (cellular) or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone numbers. Now, owners of VoIP or cellular phone lines can receive the same emergency message as those with land-line phones receive, but ONLY IF THEY REGISTER.