A Sderot security officer examines Gazan rocket .
(photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/AP)
It might be under constant threat of rocket attacks, but Sderot’s bomb shelters
are not in the best condition, according to a survey of the country’s bomb
shelters taken by the IDF Home Front Command and the Council for a Beautiful
Among the large cities, Tel Aviv came in first place for the
upkeep and cleanliness of its bomb shelters, garnering five stars – the highest
Jerusalem was far behind, with a mere two stars.
small towns, Kiryat Ono came in first place, while Sderot lagged behind with
just three stars.
According to the survey, 77 percent of public bomb
shelters were found to be in fair condition.
Shelters in the North were
found to be in the best condition – likely due to experience, since they were
used most recently during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
The results of
the survey will be presented to mayors and local council chiefs so they can make
corrections and improve the conditions of their bomb shelters.
competition will have a direct and immediate impact on the level of security
provided for each and every citizen in Israel,” said Weizman Mashiah, head of
the Council for a Beautiful Israel.
“I am confident that the heads of the
local councils and municipalities will take the findings and make the necessary
corrections and improvements as soon as possible.”