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Publication date: 8 November 2011

Jay Levinson

In recent years Israel has had extensive experience of dealing with mass disasters. Its response mechanism is always adapting itself to new threat patterns. This paper…

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Purpose

In recent years Israel has had extensive experience of dealing with mass disasters. Its response mechanism is always adapting itself to new threat patterns. This paper aims to focus on Israel's disaster response activities.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on personal research and experience and reviews disaster response in Israel.

Findings

From the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 until the late‐1980s, disaster response, even in the civilian sector, was considered a military responsibility. The Israel Police was viewed at best as a support to the army, rendering purely technical assistance such as fingerprint comparison for victim identification. Although the civilianization of response became predominant during recurrent terrorist attacks of the 1990s, the army still continues its planning under the previous model as governmental authorities refrain from intervention. In the new working framework the Israel Police and other civilian offices, both official and volunteer, have accrued considerable practical experience in responding to disasters and mass death situations.

Practical implications

Numerous lessons learnt with practical application are described. The paper highlights that what was successful yesterday gives no guarantee for the future. Planning must always be up to date with current technology and trends.

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The paper is original and no similar work exists.

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Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 20 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0965-3562

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Publication date: 1 June 2010

Jay Levinson

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Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, vol. 33 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1363-951X

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Publication date: 1 May 2001

Dr Jay Levinson

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Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 10 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0965-3562

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Publication date: 1 December 2000

Dr Jay Levinson

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Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 9 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0965-3562

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Publication date: 1 December 2004

Jay Levinson

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Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 13 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0965-3562

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Publication date: 1 December 2004

Jay Levinson

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Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 13 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0965-3562

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Publication date: 26 June 2007

Dr Jay Levinson

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Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 16 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0965-3562

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Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 8 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0965-3562

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Publication date: 1 December 2004

Jay Levinson

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Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 13 no. 5
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ISSN: 0965-3562

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Publication date: 1 February 2004

Jay Levinson

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Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 13 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0965-3562

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