“We Have Developed Capabilities in Detection and Interception of Non-Conventional Weapons”

GOC Home Front Command Maj. Gen. Yair Golan opened announced a new campaign intended to increase Israelis’ level of preparedness for emergencies

Date: 03/10/2010, 10:19 PM     Author: Jonatan Urich

“Israel has developed capabilities in detection and interception of non-conventional weapons. At this time we do not know if Hezbollah possesses non-conventional weapons, nor do we know about such intentions, but we are prepared for such a situation”, GOC Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan said on Sunday (Oct. 3) during an official Home Front Command announcement about the launching of a new public education campaign which will focus on “protected areas” which are sealed and reinforced areas within apartments or other buildings to be used in the event of chemical warfare, or to be used as a bomb shelter. The new campaign will also focus on how to prepare the protected area for an emergency.

Within the framework of the campaign, Israeli citizens will be updated on the amount of time during which they will need to enter the protected area. Threatened areas will hear an alarm and will have to be inside their protective areas in a certain amount of minutes according to distance from the threat. The campaign will involve the Home Front Command calling on Israeli citizens to prepare their respective protected areas according to a list of necessary equipment.

To accomplish this, there will be television, radio and internet broadcasts for two weeks and in addition, an explanation booklet will be sent to every family in the country detailing how to choose the protected area and how to prepare it. “The Home Front Command, together with the rest of security and rescue forces, is prepared to respond and assist the population in times of emergency, but together with that, early preparation by the citizens is the key for dealing with an emergency situation”, a senior officer of the Command said.

The Home Front Command emphasized that the existence of an explanation campaign does not indicate a change in the situation or an expected escalation. Past experience has proven that citizens who were prepared and knew how to deal with emergencies succeeded in acting appropriately and saved their lives and those of their families.

During his speech, GOC of the Home Front Command Maj. Gen. Golan also discussed the Iron Dome rocket interception system, which he said should be operational within a month.