Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Time factor and Turning Point Three targil

Today ABC Wednesday's T is for Turning Point Three.
This is the code name for the week-long nation-wide preparedness targil (Hebrew for drill/exercise) being run by Israel's Home Front Command.

At 11:00 this morning the country's 2,300 air raid sirens sounded.
 I made it a point to be at a public place just then, namely, my Kupat Cholim medical clinic in Jerusalem.
Sure enough, we the public and the staff were instructed to go down the stairs to the basement. I never knew there was a bomb shelter there.
Here is the metal, air-tight door in the picture.
As you can see, the staff had turned the protected space into a kitchen and break room.

T is for time factor!
Israeli households (well, mine NOT included) recently received this handy and reassuring (LOL) refrigerator magnet.
Click to enlarge and you will see that we in and around Jerusalem are in the best location if the missiles begin in-coming from Gaza and/or Syria and Lebanon and/or Iran.
 We supposedly will have three whole minutes of warning. Yay!
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To see more about the Turning Point drill and other Facts of [Israeli] Life, please see my previous post. Toda (= thanks)!
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16 comments:

RuneE said...

There are some things in life I'm glad I don't have to do...

Abe Lincoln said...

It must be a whole different world and kind of life there in the Jerusalem Hills.

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Reader Wil said...

Dina, we saw this on the news ! We saw the drill in Jerusalem and it went very fast. Still a terrible idea to live like that. There must be a lot of tension. Take care I will be thinking of you.
BTW I still don't see mr Linky and I cannot enter my name.

Leora said...

Mother in Israel wrote on her post today that she has two minutes. I guess with three minutes you are living in luxury?

Best wishes from the innocent U.S.A.

Babooshka said...

I just can't imagine living like this. We take so much for granted in the West.

kavita said...

why we subject each other with such pain and hard time .......an we claim to live in a modern world.

Pietro said...

I wonder if that is a life. I really wonder why man keeps on hurting himself this way.
Cheers, Dina.

Sailor Girl said...

You are really under a lot of pressure and it takes a lot of courage and mental strength and faith to endure that!!

You are always welcome to sail on our Lisbon ferries, back and forth, back and forth, all day long... It's really unexpensive and a wonderful way to watch the beauty of the Tagus and the city...

This World could be such a wonderful place...

JM said...

I'm really impressed with the refrigerator magnet!...

Abe Lincoln said...

Me back...just read what you wrote on my brookville blog on the scribe post. LMAO

You might be interested in taking a look at my new blog about flowers.
Our Flower Pot

Q said...

Wow! I had no idea.
I send thoughts of peace for you and all the region.
Sherry

pasadenaadjacent said...

I know this is serious business. I hear of it all over the news, but I can't help but see humor in turning a bomb shelter into a kitchen. An update of the biblical "plough shares" idea

Rose said...

It must be very frightening to have to live like this. I remember as a young girl during the Cold War having drills for the possibility of a nuclear war--I was certainly frightened at that time. I hope that you never have to use these shelters for an actual emergency.

Cloudia said...

OY!
LOVE YOU

Karyn said...

I love reading about life in Isreal.

I think you are a brave group of people! I cannot imagine living in circumstances that make bomb shelters a common thing.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

life in the fast lane?!