Renovating Bomb Shelters
BOMB SHELTERS – WHAT FOR?
For close to ten years, the south of Israel has sustained major casualties as a result of continuous rocket attacks from nearby Gaza
Over 10,000 missiles have targeted the “Gaza envelope” region; Sderot, just minutes from the border, has suffered from nearly daily rocket fire
During Operation Cast Lead (2008-9) rockets ravaged the area, killing, maiming, and destroying property
During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Israel’s north came under unprecedented rocket bombardment
The current instability among Israel’s neighbors underscores the need to be prepared for every eventuality
WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO RENOVATE BOMB SHELTERS?
Old buildings lack protected rooms that are mandatory for all new construction
Over the years, public shelters that were constructed in the early days of the State have fallen into a bad state of disrepair and lack basic amenities
With increased Palestinian rearming and ever more sophistical weaponry, rural settlements as well as cities such as Beer Sheva, Ashkelon, and Ashdod have come within rocket range of Gaza terrorists; the range of fire from Israel’s northern neighbors has similarly increased
HOW DOES IT WORK?
New electrical systems, emergency lighting, and ventilation will be installed
Water and plumbing infrastructures and washroom facilities will be built
Foundations and walls will be reinforced
WHOM DO THEY HELP?
Israel’s civilian population – Jews, Arabs, Christians, and minorities
Over one million residents of the north and one million residents of the south who are within rocket fire range