How to Survive Rocket Attacks





Introduction: How to Survive Rocket Attacks

I live with my wife and children in the Southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva. Recently the city has received rocket fire from Hamas terrorists living in Gaza. The intention of this instructable is not to be political but to offer a "How to Survive Guide" in the event you might be under rocket fire.

This video was posted by university student Morag Agmon.  The rocket landed in an area between the student dorms and pubs.

Step 1: Determine Your City's Proximity

Understanding where your city is located is important to your survival. This will determine the type of rocket and its range. A siren or "Color Red Warning" will alert you to an incoming rocket. Beer Sheva for instance is 24 miles (40km) from the Gaza Strip. From the time the siren is sounded, Beer Sheva residents have 1 minute to find shelter. On the other hand, the city of Sderot, 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the Gaza boarder, has 15 seconds.

Step 2: Find Shelter

In the event the siren is heard, find shelter fast. In the case for our family, our 1.5 year old's room doubles as a security room. Its like a bomb shelter with extra thick walls, a large steel plate covering the window, special ventilation, and a steel door. We moved our bed into the shelter last week in case we didn't wake up in the middle of the night from the siren.

For more information, visit the IDF home front instructional video.
How to behave in a Qassam Rocket or Mortar Attack

Step 3: Supplies

Its important to pray for the best but prepare for the worst. We keep water and food handy. Israel also distributes gas masks to its citizens in the event of a chemical or biological attack.

Step 4: Pray This Will Be Over Soon



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    I suggest an extra reinforced table for extra inside protection against ceiling heavy debris

    No need, the ceiling the safe room is also reinforced.

    wow...... this comments section ended up to be quite a warzone..... good advice. I live in africa so rockets are not the thing, riots are. maybe everyone should just eat more cabage or realize that this life we have could be the only self aware time we will ever have and wasting it on pointsless heated comments seems pointless.

    I mean a reinforced dining table. If a few kilos rocket strikes your lemon trees it's a problem
    but if strikes the roof of your home that could be the problem . Also if it does not blast down the ceiling it imagine for sure some concrete debris falling, I talked with people as my two parents involved in heavy bombings and air strikes and I realized that minor protections also can make some difference in some case. I looked at the map, it seems that closer the lighter rockets but much more you are targeted, is that how it goes?

    I'm part Jewish (not bar mitzvah'd tho), but I still have to laugh at the fact that your one year old sleeps on a money pillow. No offense, just enjoying a joke.

    what's the difference between a safe and a pillow? Ask a jew

    you cant be part jewish.....

    Thanks for the post. Actually the pillow is mine. You technically had a Bar Mitzvah when you turned 13. The ceremony has nothing to do with you being Jewish, its only only tradition. On your next vacation, you should come visit Israel. Its a beautiful country rich in history and culture. Good Luck

    ...maybe when things settle down...

    Very true. Thats like planning a trip to Iraq to see the ruins of Babylon :)