During a state of emergency, the Municipality operates a range of emergency facilities:
These centers take in evacuees and offer them a temporary place to sleep and provide them with food and basic auxiliary services that enable them to maintain a near-normal routine until alternative housing is found for them or they can return home.
- Public bomb shelters and underground parking lots
Public bomb shelters and underground parking lots, whose safety standards have been inspected and approved by the Municipality, are deployed throughout the city and offer another tier of emergency shelter in addition to the protected rooms, stairwells and bomb shelters that exist in private homes and apartment buildings.
- Gas mask distribution centers
During states of emergency, a number of centers run by the Home Front Command will be opened throughout the city, where gas mask kits will be distributed.
The network of sirens in the city was installed by the Home Front Command (IDF), which is also responsible for its maintenance. In times of emergency, the sirens deployed throughout the city warn people who are outdoors about an approaching danger.
In certain states of emergency, there is often a need for blood donations. Magen David Adom (EMS) and the Municipality will open blood donation sites (at schools and public institutions) and an appeal will be made to the public to come and donate blood.
According to directives issued by the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Health during a state of emergency, the public will, if needed, be vaccinated against epidemics. To ensure their health, the city's residents will be asked to come to these sites to receive a vaccination.
- Emotional support centers
Psychosocial treatment will be offered at these centers to people who are suffering from anxiety. The treatment will be provided by integrated care teams from the Home Front Command, Ministry of Health and the Municipality.