Each governor has a special hotline for Homeland Security Issues...aka national emergencies.
Well, that and telemarketers according to Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner.
"...Minner says she has received pitches from time share condominiums and long distance providers on what is supposed to be a DHS hot line. She says other governors are having the same trouble.
Minner's office says the Department of Homeland Security has placed the hot line numbers on the federal government's Do Not Call Registry, in an attempt to thwart the telemarketers..." (source)
Hopefully it would never be Verizon on the line if there was an emergency --good luck getting those cats to hang up. I hope they have better luck with the "Do Not Call" list than I've had!