With speculation lingering over a possible war with Iran, even battle-hardened Israelis are starting to make contingency plans, Los Angeles Times reported. People expect an avalanche of missile strikes against Israeli cities if the government makes good on its threat to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities.
Government-funded gas mask distribution centers report a doubling of visits in recent weeks. In Tel Aviv, probably a primary target of any possible missile attack, city officials this have designated 60 underground parking garages to serve as emergency shelters, capable of temporarily shielding 800,000 people.
Meanwhile, Danny Avram, owner of Ani Mugan ("I Am Protected"), which builds, renovates and inspects bomb shelters and safe rooms, says he’s doing 2.5 times as much in business. Some are thinking about leaving the country or sending children abroad to avoid missile attacks. (LA Times, 28 August)
Photo Credit: An Israeli woman collects her family's gas mask kits at a distribution center in a mall in Jerusalem last week. (Jim Hollander, European Pressphoto Agency / LA Times / August 28, 2012)