Plans set for National Emergency Authority

September 16, 2007 22:45


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The government on Sunday appointed a team that will be charged with setting up a new National Emergency Authority to coordinate between the various governmental bodies in times of catastrophe. The authority's primary function will be to ensure that services are provided to the home front in times of war or natural disaster. Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i was quoted as saying that the purpose of the new body was to ensure that emergency response would not become a free-for-all. "Our intention is to prevent situations similar to those that took place during the Second Lebanon War." The six-man team, to be headed by the National Security Council's Ze'ev Tzuk-Rom, is to present initial plans for the new authority to the cabinet within 90 days.

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