JERUSALEM: Israel will launch a public awareness campaign in the coming days focused on telling people what to do in the event of missile attacks, the army said yesterday. Citing "lessons learned" from the 2006 Lebanon war, in which the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah militia fired more than 4,000 rockets at northern Israel, the army said it is now focused on preparing people in advance of actual conflicts.
The home front command has established a new method of raising awareness based on an information campaign to prepare the population to face emergency situations," an army spokesman told AFP. The army will soon begin distributing recommendations to municipalities, including advice related to non-conventional attacks, according to Israel's leading Yediot Aharonot newspaper.
We have no concrete information about an imminent chemical attack, but it is worth taking advantage of a period of calm to prepare for it," the paper quoted the circular as saying. Recommendations include stocking up on canned food, water, radios, batteries and plastic sheets and tape to cover windows and doors in case of an attack involving chemical weapons, the paper said.
Israeli inquiries into the country's conduct during the 2006 Lebanon war, in which Hezbollah fighters fired thousands of rockets into Israel, slammed the country's defence establishment for failing to protect civilians. During the 34-day war rocket attacks forced a million residents to flee southwards, paralysing the north and catching the public shelters system unawares.
In Israel, both the government and army are responsible for providing services to civilians in time of war, from maintenance of public shelters to rescue, medical and basic administrative services. - AFP