Israel begins nation-wide emergency preparedness exercises

IDF facilities around the country to hold emergency preparedness drills, civilians to practice fleeing to safe spaces during alarms.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Home Front Command drill simulating gas attack (archive)
Home Front Command drill simulating gas attack (archive)
Flash 90

A large-scale military exercise to raise the level of preparedness for emergencies at all IDF command centers and bases, as well as among the civilian population, began Sunday morning.

The IDF said that the purpose of the General Staff exercise is to train the main commanders in a variety of emergency and war scenarios, and to deepen the readiness and operational dialogue between the various command centers.

The exercise is not part of the joint exercise of the IDF and the US Army, the Juniper Cobra 2018 exercise, which is currently underway. During the week, exercises will be held in several locations around the country.

The goal of the home front exercise is to improve the preparedness of all the bodies in Israel from the national level to the level of the individual citizen for emergencies. As in previous years, emphasis is being placed on training the Home Front Command forces in cooperation with the National Emergency Authority, the local authorities, the security and rescue organizations, the education system, and public and private organizations.

An IDF spokesman stressed that the exercise was planned far in advance as part of the training program for 2018.

Sirens will sound across the country on Tuesday, at 11:05 AM and 7:05 PM, as part of the emergency preparedness drills. No warnings will be sent to the personal devices of residents near the Gaza border during the 7:05 drill. However the national warning platforms and radio alerts will be activated.

The sirens will serve to train civilians to quickly reach a previously designated safe space in the event of an emergency, such as a missile attack, as well as to check the state of the warning system ad the sirens.

As part of the exercise, educational institutions and kindergartens will also practice bringing students to a safe location during an attack. In addition, government offices and public institutions will also train employees to evacuate to safe locations during the drills.