School drill (illustrative)
School drill (illustrative) Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Home Front Command and Education Ministry are carrying out a simulation of a missile attack in the nation’s schools this morning (Thursday).

The exercise will help authorities assess the level of readiness of each educational institution in the country, including those in both the public and religious sectors.

The drill, set to launch at 10:00 a.m., is expected to last till about 12:00 noon, and begins with the wail of the Color Red rocket alert siren to simulate a missile attack during recess.

The siren will sound for 90 seconds, and will be heard across the country, officials said. 

Personnel from Home Front Command, Israel Police, Magen David Adom emergency medical service and local Fire Departments will all participate in the exercise.