The military announced on Wednesday that the siren system across the country is being upgraded, which will make the sirens more accurate and easier to understand, writes the Times of Israel.
Last month, Israel’s defense forces conducted final tests of the new system after years of testing and preparation.
Under the old system, the country was divided into about 255 regions. When the military discovered an incoming rocket in an area, the sirens went off throughout the area.
“This meant that many Israelis were sent unnecessarily into shelters, a development that also increased the risk that people would ignore the sirens because they did not expect the siren to apply to them,” the army spokesman said.
The new system, which will be officially rolled out on Wednesday, operates based on approx. 1,700 regions, or “polygons” as the Army calls them.
It must ensure that sirens are activated only in areas where there is a real threat, to ensure that unaffected Israelis can continue with their daily routines and that confidence in the alarm system remains high, the army said.
< To simplify the alarm system, the military said it had also removed the confusing region-and-number system for designating areas and would instead use city names and by larger cities, neighborhoods.
“Raanana will be Raanana, not ‘Sharon 140’, said the army spokesman, referring to the former designation of the central city.
The six geographically largest cities in Israel – Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beer Sheva, Hadera and Ashdod – have each been divided into four “alarm zones”, the army said, so that a rocket such as the one heading towards it northern Tel Aviv, will not force residents of the southern part of the city into shelters.
Rishon Lezion, Herzliya, Netanya and Ramat Gan have each been divided into two alarm zones, the army said.
The military instructed residents of the 10 cities to visit the Front Command’s website, which is also available in English to see which “alarm zone” they live in.
“The sounds of the sirens do not stop at the border of the zones and the residents of the surrounding areas should also listen to them. The Home Front Command Directive is: If there is any doubt, there is no doubt. If you hear a siren, you seek coverage, “said Lt. Col. Shlomo Maman, head of the Home Front Command’s warning department.
In order to better protect Israel’s Bedouin community in the south, some of whom do not live in recognized cities, the army said it had held a series of meetings with Bedouin leaders and decided to divide the regions where clans live.
In addition, the IDF said that it is setting up sirens along roads that are not close to populated areas, which until now have been considered “empty” regions and thus not received incoming rocket alerts.
For the last 30 years – since the Gulf War in 1991, the Israeli military has been working to improve its siren system.
Initially, sirens would sound across the country when a rocket hit the ground. Israel was discovered. This meant that people in exemplary Haifa would be forced into shelters, even though the rocket attack was actually aimed at Tel Aviv, which is more than 90 kilometers away.
“The primary goal of the effort is to give warnings in a certain way. At one point, Israel was one alarm zone, and we stopped an entire nation with one siren. It does not work under the current situation,” Maman said. p>