The Israeli Army’s Home Front Command is slated to lead a comprehensive national training exercise in cooperation with the Israeli Police on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, a siren will sound throughout most of the country. The siren will last 90 seconds and will be heard from southern Israel to Hadera. The Home Front Command will not sound sirens in the north or Gaza area so as to avoid panic.
The drill will examine the Home Front's preparedness for various emergency scenarios.
The aim of this joint initiative and the drill is to test the preparedness of the Home Front Command and improve the readiness of Israeli security forces and institutions in the civilian world for emergency situations. The project will take lessons learned in last year’s war in Lebanon.
Israel’s leading security and rescue services, including the National Emergency Economic Authority, Magen David Adom ambulance services, the Fire department, government offices and representatives from a number of local authorities, are registered to take part in the national training exercise.
Heightened activity of army, police and rescue forces will be noticeable during the exercise. Israelis are forewarned that possible traffic disruptions may be felt and blast sounds may be heard across the country.