Mega Emergency Exercise Planned

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Plans are well underway for the largest emergency drill in Israel's history, slated for next month.

The five-day drill begins Sunday, April 6, when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Cabinet will simulate their response to an enemy attack.

On Tuesday, the staff at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon will respond to a "Grad missile attack" on the five-story hospital building, including scenarios of a fire in the outpatient laboratory and toxic chemical leaks that require lowering patients from the roof.

Some 100 fireman and 10 trucks will work with hospital staff in the two-and-a-half hour drill.

At Ha-emek Medical Center in Afula, staff and rescue workers will practice response to a chemical attack.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Home Front Command, Israel police, Fire and Rescue Service, Magen David Adom will all participate in nationwide scenarios simulating Iranian nuclear bombs, chemical and biological warfare.

"This is the biggest exercise in Israel's history," said a senior Defense Ministry official, adding that the drill would incorporate lessons learned from the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.

On Thursday, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, who is overseeing the weeklong exercise, met with directors of the government ministries and their spokespeople to review public relations for the simulation, as well as for an actual emergency.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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