Haifa bomb shelters still inadequate - warning

Haifa's Home Front Command says that not one shelter in Haifa could withstand a direct missile strike.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY (TRANSLATED)
July 13, 2008 12:34

Two years after the Lebanon war, Haifa's Home Front Command is warning that the city has still not brought its 102 public bomb shelters up to the recommended standard, reports Yediot Haifa. The Command says that not one shelter in Haifa could withstand a direct missile strike, and that in any case there are too few shelters for the city's 270,000 residents. According to the report, the Command said that many recommended improvements to the city's emergency preparations had been made over the past two years, including practicing emergency measures and doubling the number of warning sirens in the city so that all residents would now be able to hear them. But nothing had been done to strengthen the bomb shelters or to increase their quantity, and residents who did not have a protected room in their homes or who were caught out in the open would be in danger.


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