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Evacuation of Israeli Communities during an Emergency: Dilemmas and Proposed Solutions

Topics: Commercial Facilities & Mass Gatherings, Communications, Emergency Management, Homeland Security Theory Policy and Practice,

This article examines the problems that arise with initiated evacuations and independent evacuees, as well as the people that do not evacuate, but remain in communities during conflict in Israel. This topic has been of particular interest, especially after the Gaza conflict in 2014 and the evacuation simulation exercise the Israeli National Emergency Management Authority ran in June 2016. The article found, in part, that Israel's lack of a defined national policy may be problematic, serving to "strengthen the strong and weaken the weak", as those who have fewer resources or less mobility will struggle more during an uncoordinated evacuation.

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