What You Will Need If Israel Is Attacked — Things To Have, And Do, In Case Of War


What to Have in Times of War or a Natural Disaster

A List of Emergency Items and Recommendations

What to do in Case of a Major War

46 Practical Recommendations that Could Save your Life
in Case of a Major War or a Natural Disaster

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Below is a list of emergency items, as well as ideas, of what to have packed in case of a quick escape in times of an emergency — whether it is a war or a natural disaster.

By now, lots of Israelis have already received their gas masks in case of a major war with Iran.  But what else will we need to prepare for?  And what does everyone need to have in order to survive as painlessly as possible such an eventuality?  What do we need to know and have into account once the moment arrives.

It is recommended that all Israeli citizens collect immediately the following items in order to prepare for an expected regional war within the next few, days, weeks or months.

Surprise Golan DrillOn the Verge of War

Have into account that these items need to be bought and packed BEFORE the hostilities begin.  Use your discretion but remember that once the war starts you might not have the time, nor the possibility, to buy and/or pack them.  Remember that in the midst of panic and confusion many things can be forgotten.  Also, once hostilities begin, stores might not be open for you to buy anything — and who knows for how long shall they be closed — not to mention that you might not be able to leave your shelter.  So, don’t leave for tomorrow what should be done today.  Don’t lament on that day for not having heeded this good recommendations today.

All items should be secured in back packs or carrying cases that can be easily transported, and they should be stored in a very accessible location ready for evacuation to a shelter. Recommended quantities and other special instructions are also posted below.

Here is the list to have packed:

  1. One Gas Mask per person.  Learn how to wear it properly ahead of time.  (See the link below).
  2. Food.  You should pack 2 cans of tuna, 2 granola bars and 1 small chocolate bar per person, per day, enough to last between two and four weeks.
  3. Water.  You should pack 1.5 liters per person, per day, enough to last between two and four weeks.
  4. One month worth of the prescription medicines which you need to use on a regular basis.
  5. First Aid Kit.  A reasonable amount of bandages, non-stick gauze, band-aids, antibiotic cream, iodine solution, cotton swabs, pain medication, anti-anxiety pills, anti-diarrhea tablets, etc.  (Consult a pharmacist for a complete list).
  6. One sweater per person for in case of cold
  7. One small blanket per person for in case of cold.
  8. One man-sized sheet of plastic for in case of rain
  9. At least one all-weather Flashlight.
  10. One battery-powered multi-band Radio, or a hand crank radio.
  11. Spare Batteries for the radio and flashlight(s).
  12. One well-protected knife.
  13. A coil of Rope approximately 30 meters (~90 feet) long.
  14. Spare socks and underwear.
  15. A few handkerchiefs.  They will become very useful not only for blowing your nose, but for tourniquets, etc.
  16. A map of your city and country
  17. Have all your main documents wrapped in plastic in the back pack.
  18. And last, but certainly not least, a small Bible, a personal Sidur and your Tephillim (of course, if you are a man).

Things to do BEFORE  a major war:

  1. As already said, have everything bought and ready to be easily picked up and go to a shelter or escape out of your usual environment.
  2. When the war is imminent, keep every night your clothing and shoes very close to you. Keep then organized in a ready way.  Of course, keep also handy your back pack with the items recommended above.
  3. Keep your wallet, teudah zehut, keys and at least one handkerchief inside their pockets.  Also, your cellphone should be left attached to the belt.  This way you shall be able to be ready to leave in a very short time.
  4. Have in your wallet all your credit cards and a certain amount of cash just for such an emergency.
  5. Have written in a paper inside your wallet the main telephone numbers of your relatives and friends.
  6. Clean and get ready your main miklat (shelter).  You might have to spend several weeks in it.  Do not add unnecessary unconformability to an already scary and difficult situation.
  7. Make a careful plan of escape with different realistic alternatives.  Make an inventory of all the shelters and possible routes of escape in your vicinity.
  8. Even if painful, be mentally and emotionally prepared by considering the various situations and events that could occur to you and your family during a major war; and imagine how you would face them — even if you remain alone.  Notice that this may save your life, or someone in your family’s.
  9. Follow attentively the news BEFORE the military conflict starts.  Don’t be caught off guard.
  10. Keep you family and friends up to-date on how the situation develops.  Many people go in denial previous to a war and pretend that nothing is about to happen, and so they do not follow the news.  This could be very costly for them.
  11. Pray to HaShem, mend any broken fences with Him, and ask Him to be your main Protector and Shield in the time when you need it most.  Pray a lot and live as He wants you to live, so you should not have to die; but even if you do, dying with Him is a Gate to an Eternal and Wonderful Life.

 These are some of the things that you should do once the military conflict starts:

  1.  Do not panic.  Do not react thoughtlessly.  Panic can kill as many people as some missiles.  The best countermeasure against panic is a genuine faith that our lives are in the Care of HaShem.  The second one is to be mentally, emotionally and spiritually prepared for any disaster.  One of the duties of every regular citizen is to keep calm and in control of himself.
  2. Be alert.  Keep an ear on your radio and the other on your environment.  One of the most scary things in a war is the sounds it produces; but all the sounds you hear can give you lots of vital information, all of which you definitely need.
  3. Be disciplined.  Follow the indications that the Army and the Home Front shall from time to time announce to the civilian population.  Do not try to be a rebellious Lone Ranger.
  4. React deliberately.  The greater the danger, the more deliberate you need to react.  This is why it is so important that you think and plan ahead of time different responses to different eventualities.
  5. Be courageous.  Overcome the natural fear that everyone feels in a war by acting according to the needs of the moment and according to your reason and not your emotions.  Remember this formula:
    Reason + Responsibility = Courage
  6. Do not be overconfident.  It is a great foolishness to show off valor, or even unnecessarily play the hero when not necessary.  At war, a display of personal valor is only for the moments when necessity truly demands it.  You will not only endanger yourself but other people too, most of all your family who shall have to divert their attention from important things on account of your foolishness.
  7. Be patient.  Whether waiting for missiles to fall during a siren alarm, or when bombing elongates too much, or for the whole war to end: do not despair.  Every battle and every war comes to an end, but not before it is due.  Desperation can only accelerate our own demise and that of those around us.
  8. Be civil.  You might have to spend quite some time in a shelter with strangers who might, or not, react like you and who might or not have your same habits.  Remember that fear — and everyone feels it at war — causes flares of anger.  This shall happen to you as much as to them.  Do not allow quarrels and little wars added to the one already going on.  Anger and arguments only block alertness and reasoning, two elements that are vital for survival in any war.
  9. Lay low.  Do not make unnecessary noise — most of all when the enemy is close. But, of course, I bet you knew that.  Do not attract unnecessarily the attention of soldiers and officials who are concentrated doing their best to protect you.
  10. Be conservative.  I don’t mean politically, although I am.  Conserve resources: water, food, medicines, bandages, etc.  You do not know how long the state of war will last.  Only use what is strictly necessary to keep alive, not to satisfy yourself — not even the children.  It’s better to feel bad than not to feel at all.
  11. Be wise.  When at war, it is an absolute must to use your reason and ignore your emotions as much as possible.  For civilians, war is about survival, not unnecessary comfortability.  It is about patriotism, not petty personal interests.  Try to understand the emotions, words and needs of other people; they might be even more afraid than you.  Understand that not everybody feels the same pain for the same loss or the same wound.  Don’t expect others to react as you would in front of the same event or situation.
  12. Be selfless.  Share what you have with others, but do not let them abuse you either.
  13. Be helpful.  Do what you can to sooth the pain of those around you who are hurting.  cooperate with the authorities in whatever way they ask you.  Calm the children around you — even if they are not yours.  Tell them soothing or interesting stories. Don’t let them see you are afraid or nervous; their sense of calm or anguish will come to a great extent from the adults around them, most of all their parents.
  14. Be careful.  Do not go out the shelter unnecessarily, even if it seems to be a period of calm.  If you unavoidably  need to, do it with much precaution, walking by the walls being careful with those that are about to collapse.  Do not go out if there are snippers!
  15. Be brave.  If you get wounded or, worse yet, one whom you love:  try not to scream as much as you can, keep calm, put a tourniquets if needed, or a bandage then go for help.  Remember, many times wounds that are very bloody and ugly are not necessarily life threatening.  Act soon but not precipitously, try to understand that sometimes help might take a little to arrive, screaming and despairing will not help at all, just the opposite.
  16. Pray.  Pray all the time, not only for your wellbeing for that of our soldiers and everybody else.  Do not be selfish so that your prayers be heard.
  17. Be trustful in HaShem.  Every adverse circumstance — as every good one too — offers us the opportunity to make positive or negative decisions.  One of them is to develop trust in the wonderful Character of our G-d.  We may not know our future for the next five seconds, but we can know — for sure — that He loves us and cares for us at all times and under all situations.  It is in that trust of his Character that we can call upon Him for his Help and Protection and be saved.  It’s His Promise, not mine.

For the important items, as well as ideas that were discussed on the show, listen to the program from the following link.  It was that program which gave me the idea of writing this much expanded version of it with my own recommendations.

Click here to listen:  ‘What to do in case of war’

Tamar Yonah speaks with a rescue and emergency expert from the Israel Aid Mission as he gives you a list of essentials to pack and have on store, to help save you and your family in times of trouble — wherever you are in the world.

Check out the Israel Aid Mission Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/israelaidmission

Also, Tamar is joined by former Islamic terrorist, Walid Shoebat, where they discuss the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the USA.  Has justice been meted out to the perpetrators?  What role did Saudi Arabia play in the planning and funding of the attack, and why have many of them not been prosecuted?

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