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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.

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Step 1: Determine your City's proximity

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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

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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

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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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regener86 years ago
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.....
strambeer (author)  regener86 years ago
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
I'm American and I have to say that Israel is my favorite country. It even says (loosely translated) in my religion "He he curses Israel, himself shall be cursed" I'm not Jewish but I respect you guys for fighting hard for what you believe in and if I'm ever ordered to fire upon an Israeli in the Marine Corps I'd rather die.
nacho21006 years ago
ive been to Israel as a student on a summer program during the second lebanon israel war, and it was incredibly safe. if you have excuses you never going to experiance the beauty and magnificence of Israel. you got to have some guts