Jerusalem does not have enough public bomb shelters in older neighborhoods, but that doesn’t really bother residents of those neighborhoods, The Jerusalem Post found on Tuesday during an informal survey judging the city’s readiness for emergency situations.
According to a municipality spokeswoman, there are approximately 200 public bomb shelters concentrated in the city center and south of the city. Newer neighborhoods, including Ramot, Gilo, Pisgat Zeev, and Ramat Eshkol, are better prepared because later zoning laws required contractors to build bomb shelters within new buildings. Even newer buildings now require steel-reinforced “safe rooms” in each apartment.
City Councilor Elisha Peleg (Likud), who holds the Security, Emergency Services, and Fire and Rescue portfolio, said there are not enough bomb shelters for Jerusalem residents and many of the bomb shelters need to be renovated and improved. He compared it to the fact that there are also not enough gas masks for all Israelis due to budget shortfalls.
“There are shelters and areas that aren’t in good shape,” he said. “It’s about the order of preferences and budget and the amount of money we have for development in the security division.” But he noted that the Council for a Beautiful Israel recently awarded the municipality four stars for the maintenance of public bomb shelters.
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