The following emergency information and recommendations for people with the special needs provided by Pikud HaOref (Home Front Command) is intended for individuals with medical problems, limited mobility (and the home-bound), deafness or hearing impairment, blindness or visual impairment, intellectual developmental disorders, autism or dementia.
The Home Front Command’s English website can be found here: http://www.oref.org.il/894-en/Pakar.aspx and the source page for this information here: http://www.oref.org.il/10660-en/Pakar.aspx.
These instructions are intended for people with special needs. Their aim is to help people with disabilities and their families, caregivers, friends, neighbors, acquaintances and professionals prepare properly and act in accordance with the required procedures in case of rocket attack.
An extended period in the house or secure space may result in attacks of anxiety and stress, which may negatively impact your own function and that of your family members in an emergency. As a rule we recommend that you prepare a family emergency plan, including games, conversation and other activities that will help the family to cope with the challenges and difficulties accompanying an extended emergency situation.
Advise the foreign assistants of notices published in the media in foreign languages and on the website as well as in the information center of Pikud Haoref at Tel 1207.
In an emergency, warning sirens are sometimes heard. These sirens let us know that we are under missile attack. When you hear the siren, you should act in accordance with the following instructions immediately:
For tips on coping with stress and anxiety see the NATAL (“Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War”) website in English.
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my son works as a counseler in a hostel for autistic young men ages 20 – 55.
I will pass along the information for him to read , I am sure it is so difficult for special needs individuals at this time,
thank you, rochel.
Hi Rochel, Thanks for letting us know, glad to hear it was useful! He might also be interesting checking out the Autism Portal (http://www.kolzchut.org.il/en/Autism), which we translated as part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut.
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My husband is on dialysis 3 times a week for 4 hours each time. He goes to AFEK in Ramat Gan. He tells me there is no protection at all and the machines and chairs that they use are surrounded by windows. I suggested he ask them to at least put masking tape on the windows, but he says there is nobody around to speak to. Only the nurses who look after the patients.
I am really worried about his situation.
At home he has to have oxygen as needed. Is there anybody we should notify in case the electricity goes out. He has an emergency tank, but it is only good for a few hours.
We have a mamad in our apartment, which we are thankful for, because we both have mobility problems.
Hi Shayna, Regarding the dialysis facility, if you have the energy you can keep pushing to ask to speak with a manager, it seems hard to believe that there are only nurses in the facility. You can also ask your kupah if there is another facility for dialysis that you could go to. As far as the oxygen situation, you can ask the organization that supplies the oxygen if they provide any services in an emergency or what they recommend to do. Magen David Adom would also be a natural address for your questions and concerns in the event of an emergency.