Municipality Services in Times of Emergency
In the event of an emergency, the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality will continue to provide the city’s residents and visitors all of the essential services they require.
In addition, the municipality will supply the following services:
- Information regarding the security and/or emergency event and the relevant operating municipality services.
- The opening and operation of public shelters.
- Temporary housing solutions and absorption of residents whose homes have been wrecked in the emergency.
- Basic, essential services such as: healthcare, veterinary services and garbage collection.
- Operation of the educational systems, according to municipality and government decisions (kindergartens, schools, high schools).
- Constant, guaranteed water supply as necessary.
- Moral and physical treatment of affected individuals, groups and communities.
- Repair of damaged infrastructures and buildings.
The city is trained in the event of:
- Weather events and natural disasters
- Terrorist attacks
- Water crises
- Severe traffic accidents
- Hazardous material situations.
The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is fully prepared to operate various emergency facilities in cases of emergency:
- Short-term and long-term absorption centers for evacuated residents: The centers are intended to provide evacuated individuals (both residents and visitors) appropriate housing solutions, financial and other basic aid until the evacuated are returned to their residences or provided with a more permanent housing solution.
- Public shelters and underground parking lots: In addition to private shelters, the public shelters and underground parking lots are intended to provide shelter to all city dwellers and are spread across the city.
- Emergency kit distribution centers: In case of an emergency, emergency kit distribution stations will be opened across the city and distributed under the authority and supervision of the Home Front Command.
- Warning sirens: The siren array was established and is activated by the IDF’s Home Front Command. In case of an emergency, warning sirens will be heard throughout the city in order to enable its residents and visitors to seek shelter or protect themselves via any other appropriate means.
- Blood donation centers and medical centers: In different emergency situations, Israel’s medicinal array will require blood donations. In such cases, the municipality and Magen David Adom (the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross) will open blood donation stations in schools and other public institutions.
- Vaccination centers: In times of emergency and if deemed appropriate, according to the Security Ministry and Health Ministry regulations, the public will be vaccinated against epidemics. In favor of Tel Aviv-Yafo residents, vaccination centers will be opened and the public will be called upon to use their services.
- Stress relief centers: In these centers, psychological and sociological aid will be provided to individuals in a state of mental stress. Treatment will be provided by professional teams staffed by experts from the Home Front Command, the Health Ministry and the municipality.
Municipality Safety Measures: Preparation for Emergencies
- Reconstruction of Public Shelters: Multiple public shelters across the city have been reconstructed and refurbished. Currently, the municipality is planning to implement communication infrastructures in every public shelter, in order to connect the shelters to television satellites, Internet, etc.
- Preparation of Education Institutions for Emergencies: In case of an emergency, every education institution (schools and community centers) and its staff will be at the public’s service and will operate as vaccination centers, medical centers, emergency kit distribution stations, stress relief centers or blood donation stations.
- Operation of the Education System: The municipality will announce the continuation or cancellation of school days in the education system according to situational assessment, the recommendations of the appropriate security organizations and the mayor’s decision. In addition, all educational staff are drilled, trained and prepared to protect students and send them to shelter or to their homes according to administered regulations.
In addition, city institutions are instructed and trained to take measures such as fencing, distress alarm systems, first aid response, fire protection and warning response systems.
The security division holds extensive trainings for managers, educational staff and students - including drills. Many volunteers are trained throughout the city as community assistants in case of an emergency. If you would like to join as a volunteer, contact your local police.