(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
A nationwide civil-defense exercise called “Turning Point 5” started Sunday. For the first time, the drill will simulate extensive damage to critical
national infrastructure such as the water system and the electric
During the weeklong drill, the Home Front Command, Defense
Ministry’s National Emergency Administration, Israel Police and other emergency
services will test their responses to a massive bombardment of missiles from
Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and Iran.
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Home Front Command to simulate missile attacks in drill
Ahead of the drill, the NEA mapped out the
nation’s critical infrastructure and analyzed the affect missile attacks on the
facilities would have on the country’s ability to provide citizens with basic
Estimates in the IDF are that up to 800 missiles and rockets a
day could be fired into Israel in the event of a war fought on several
“No water or electricity means no production, and makes it
impossible to run the country,” a defense official said. “For this reason we
need to know what are the most important facilities that we need to continue
working, and what needs to keep on receiving water and electricity, and how to
make that happen.”
Some 80 municipalities and local authorities will
participate in the exercise, during which the Home Front Command will employ a
system that sends missile warnings to cellphones for the first time.
Home Front Command and the Defense Ministry will also simulate the evacuation of
300,000 people from northern and central Israel to the South.
The IDF has
drawn up plans to create housing and infrastructure for such evacuees if needed.
They might be housed in empty IDF bases.
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