School buildings will have to be rebuilt because of the risk that they would
collapse if there was an earthquake, National Steering Committee for Earthquake
Preparedness chairman Dr. Avi Shapira said Monday.
“We know for sure that
there will be an earthquake and tsunami in Israel, the only question is when,”
Shapira said at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
Subcommittee for Home Front Preparedness called in light of recent
According to Shapira, there are 1,500 schools at risk of
collapse and two in Safed will have to be evacuated immediately and rebuilt.
There are 100,000 buildings in Israel that do not meet the standards for
“Progress was recently made on the government’s
preparation for earthquakes, but we are still behind in areas that are the
citizens’ responsibility, not just the governments’,” Shapira added.
Front Preparedness Ministry director-general Dan Ronen pointed out that there is
no one office responsible for preparations and crisis management in case of an
earthquake or tsunami.
Public Security Ministry deputy director-general
Eliezer Rosenbaum described a bureaucratic problem. The ministry is responsible
for dealing with earthquakes when they happen; however, they do not have the
authority to help prepare for them.
“I’m not sure we’ll be able to
respond to something that we were not responsible to prepare for,” Rosenbaum
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