IDF Helps Families Choose 'Secure Rooms'

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Beginning Thursday, the IDF'S (Israel Defense Forces) Home Front Command will help individual families designate a secure room in their homes.

"People will be asked to choose protective rooms or bomb shelters and ensure they know what to do in the event of a war," one official said.

With southern Israeli communities vulnerable to Palestinian rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and the ongoing threat from Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon and from Syrian missiles, designating and equipping a safe room ahead of time is important.

In June, the Home Front Command will hold Turning Point 3, the nation's largest-ever emergency drill, which for the first time includes the entire population.

In the summer of 2007, the Home Front Command held Turning Point 1, which coordinated responses by the IDF, police, fire department, Magen David Adom (national emergency rescue service) and other emergency rescue groups.

Earlier this year, Turning Point 2 added government agencies to the rescue drill.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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