The Nekudat Mafneh (Turning Point) 6 national earthquake preparedness drill came to an end Thursday afternoon. Representatives of the Homefront Protection Ministry will be meeting with representatives of government and non-government participants in the next few days to begin the work of examining the results and the lessons learned from the exercise.
Homefront Protection Minister Avi Dichter praised the work of those involved, stressing, "When reality meets probability, there will be no room for the excuse of lack of readiness. The exercise was the opening shot for every authority and body in a race to raise the bar even higher." He added, "Because of the national emergency week, the attentiveness of all the [national] government offices, the local governments and all the bodies that participated rose dramatically on the issue of earthquake preparedness." He said he expected results at the operational level.